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Floristics & Taxonomy

House, Nina [1].

A Vascular Flora of the Manter and Salmon Creek Watersheds in the Southern Sierra Nevada, Tulare County, California.

The Manter and Salmon Creek watersheds occur in the southern Sierra Nevada, Tulare County, CA, encompassing a 51 sq. mi. section of the Kern Platea. There are several aspects of this area that make it worthy of botanical exploration, including the presence of numerous endemic species and little historical formal documentation of plant diversity in the region. Conducting a systematic floristic inventory provides an opportunity to document rare plant species, new county records, species at the edge of their range, and disjunct plant populations. This study is being performed at a crucial time, as there are many projected impacts from land use and climate change in this region. Disturbance from cattle grazing, off-highway vehicular use, and drought have already been documented at the site and will all have lasting impacts on the flora. To date, I have completed a total of 13 field trips, totaling 46 field days, resulting in the collection of 917 plant vouchers. My primary goal is to produce an annotated checklist of the regional flora. This project is ongoing and field work will continue in the spring and summer of 2021. I will present an overview of the study area, floristic knowledge compiled to date, and plans for future research.

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1 - California Botanic Garden, 1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA, 91711, United States

Sierra Nevada
Kern Plateau
Tulare County

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: FTI, Floristics & Taxonomy I
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Monday, July 19th, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM(EDT)
Number: FTI003
Abstract ID:85
Candidate for Awards:Phytochemical Best Poster Award

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