Fw: Greentours San Diego Flora

Marguerite English meenglis@meenglis.cts.com
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 18:05:52 PST
Sorry all.  I wanted to correct my error, but have been having computer 
problems.  Cuyamaca Park ends at about 3500 feet; then it is Cleveland 
Natl forest that drops down into the community of Alpine, Ca.    So 
sorry for the error.

All the Manzanitas shrubs popped into bloom last week, so the first 
blooms are showing.   Yea!

Marguerite English wrote:
> Actually, Cuyamaca state park drops all the way down to Alpine, Ca., which is about 3000 ft alt.   I live at 3700 ft, right  under Mt. Cuyamaca on the southwest slope.  We had snow on the peak through Christmas week; but that has now melted.  We often get a few days of snow at this altitude during the 1st 3 months of the year, with a lot of rain and wind. It is definitely winter here at least through Feb.  First few early bloom  begins in late Feb. Apr-May have the best display. We have even had occasional snow on Easter.
> I do know the native herbaceous plants on this side of Cuyamaca.   Most of my lists belong to pressed plants I gathered near my home when the SD Natural History Museum started its program to fill its herbarium with recent samples gathered by local residents. I could share that with folks who don't gather from the wild if anyone is interested.   

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