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Systematics Section / ASPT

Fraga, Naomi S. [1].

The Vascular Flora of the Owens Peak Eastern Watershed..

Owens Peak and its eastern watershed lie at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada within the BLM Owens Peak Wilderness Area in Kern County, California. Owens Peak itself is the highest in the Southern Sierra rising to more than 2,600 meters. The location's floristic composition is unusual, possessing elements of the southern Sierra Nevada, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. The flora of this area has been poorly documented and a systematic inventory is needed to catalogue the locationís diverse plant life. Owens Peak and its eastern watershed is known to support several rare taxa including seven endemic to the Southern Sierra and two taxa discovered and described since 1984. The aim of this project is to produce a comprehensive flora of the Owens Peak eastern watershed and to provide a foundation upon which other botanical work may be conducted in the Owens Peak area.


1 - Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, California, 91711-3157, USA

Keywords:
phytogeography
floristics
inventory
Eastern Sierra
Mojave Desert
Sierra Nevada
rare taxa
endemic.

Presentation Type: Paper
Session: 24-3
Location: Cottonwood A (Snowbird Center)
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2004
Time: 4:15 PM
Abstract ID:51


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