|Deidre collecting Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) seeds north of Barstow, August 2013|
Seeds of Success is a national program set forth by the Bureau of Management (BLM) that aims to collect, conserve, and develop native plant materials for stabilizing, rehabilitating, and restoring lands in the
RSABG receives funding from the BLM as a partner to combine seed collecting
efforts in Southern California. For 2013, our
team made a total of 67 collections from 31 different species native to California. A
typical collection includes a minimum of 10,000 seeds, a voucher of the plant,
photos of the plant, seed, and site, and data describing the location, habitat,
soil, and associated species.
|Manybristle chinchweed (Pectis papposa) near Algodones Sand Dunes, October 2013|
Some 2013 collecting highlights:
|Acton’s brittlebrush (Encelia actoni)|
Manybristle chinchweed (Pectis papposa) was the “yellow carpet” of Mojave and Sonoran desert this fall. The late summer rains allowed for the hot water needed to germinate generally thousands of chinchweed seeds in an area. It has a very distinct smell that was very useful for identification even before the bright yellow flowers were open.
|Parish’s goldeneye (Bahiopsis parishii)|
This year, I have especially enjoyed working outside, making seed collections at seemingly desolate sites upon first glance, and appreciating parts of the desert that no one may have ever appreciated. I am thankful for such a lovely field season and opportunity to conserve the precious native plants of