LAND TRUST OF NAPA COUNTY
FOOTE BOTANICAL PRESERVE
April 19, 2018
We had finally gotten permission to visit the Foot Preserve at the base of Mt. George. What made this particularly interesting was that we were visiting an area completely burned by the Atlas Peak fire of October 2017, about 5 months ago, that unfortunately also took homes in the area. On heading down the trail towards the preserve, we found ourselves in a surreal landscape of low verdant green mosses and grasses among scattered charred trunks. One of our quests was for the very rare Fire Poppy, not seen here for 53 years.
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Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
|Fire Poppy (Papaver californicum):
This rare native had not been seen for 53 years!
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|Rattlesnake Grass (Briza maxima)|
|Taking the old wagon trail to the preserve. Note the volcanic retaining walls.||A very common weed grass but, oh my,
how spectacular it looked in masses.
|Blue Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) Itís not a native and you usually only see the orange variety. There was a big patch of it on the reserve.||These plants have all sprung up within the last few months.|
|The native Blue Toad Flax (Nuttallanthus texanus) appears the first year after a fire.||We never tire of this
finding the showy native bulb,
the Globe Lily (Calochortus amabilis).
|The original charcoal kiln which was supplied by horse drawn wagons.||Star Lily (Toxicoscordion fremontii): Some people call this poisonous native the ďFremontís Death CamasĒ because of itís toxicity. It came up in profusion after the fire.|
|We had to watch our footing as parts of the site were still boggy.||Even though the Nodding Madia (Harmonia nutans) is relatively common at the preserve, this native is classified as 4.3 (limited distribution) by the CNPS.|
|Much of the preserve is dominated by a volcanic landscape.||Brewerís Red Maids (Calandrinia breweri): A native that hasnít been recorded as seen in this reserve since 1920.|