The Status of Native Seed Sources in the Western San Joaquin Valley (California)

- N.P Ritter, P.A. Kelly, and S.E. Phillips

This photo shows Alkali Sink habitat in the spring. The white areas are alkali scalds, which form in areas where sufficient standing water accumulates (i.e., low-lying areas). The yellow-flowered herbs are members of the Asteraceae: Lasthenia chrysantha (alkali goldfields), which generally occupies the "zone" closest to the scald edge, and L. californica (California goldfields), which forms a band somewhat higher up on the hummocks. The dominant shrub is Allenrolfea occidentalis (iodinebush; Chenopodiaceae), which is still showing signs of winter dormancy.


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