Vallecito, rocky traverse at head of (La Puerta) (cf. "La Puerta" p. 198 & seq.)
4 to 5 ft. h. Ovaries seated or raised on a white disk. Sac a true sac, not with connivent or connate lower margins.
No. 8621. Fouquieria splendens Engelm.
See p. 73, 66, 42, 43. Upper Vallecito
No. 8622. Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus Gray
Densely branched rounded bushes, just coming into fl. See p. 75. With 8621.
No. 8623. Encelia (Discarded, insect damaged)
No. 8624. Trixis californica Kellogg
Rays yellow, soon aging white! 10, 10, 13, 9, 10, 9, 8. I count only the conspicuous outer circle which passes gradually to those of the few-flowered "disk." The disk consists of fls. which are in structure similar to the ray, that is all fls. are 2-lipped, 2 long lanceolate lobes in upper lip, a ligulate lower lip 3-toothed at apex. Rounded bush 1 to 1 1/2 feet high. The [seasons? racemes?] stem from much branched woody crown 4 to 6 inches high.
c. 1700 ft. 17 Apr. 1920. The Upper Vallecito. San Diego Co.
-Fouquieria splendens makes a forest about 2 1/2 miles long by 2 miles wide. It is remarkably strange. When we came down into it from Mason Valley on the out trip we felt that we were really in the desert when we entered it. Now that we are returning thru it the effect upon the mind is no less novel in its strange uniqueness. The clumps consist of from a half dozen to as many as 50 or even 100 stems. They are mostly unbranched, a little tortuous at apex, and then with the tongues of flame 4 to 10 inches long darting from their ends they suggest symbols of wild beings belonging to a past age or another world. We measure tall ones as follows:--
No. 1.-- 22 ft. --Cow Camp, Campo Cattle Co.
No. 2.-- 21 fit. 2 in. --Upper Vallecito.
No. 3.-- 25 ft. 2 in. --Rocky traverse, upper Vallecito