Spring Fire

The Spring Fire burned in May of 2013 around the LA-Ventura county line. I (briefly) visited La Jolla Canyon on 15 March 2014. 2013/2014 was a very dry year, but at the end of Feb/early March we got 4 inches of rain. I presume this encouraged the manroot to bloom.

I noticed the following plants regenerating:

  • Common manroot — new plants, blooming vigorously
  • Laurel Sumac — regeneration from rootstock, all over the place
  • Manzanita (not sure which species) — regeneration from rootstock, one plant
  • Elderberry — regeneration from rootstock, one plant
  • Tree Tobacco — several plants, some blooming. Not sure if these were new or regenerated, there were no old stems, but perhaps they had burned to the ground?
  • maybe Holly Leaved Cherry — one plant regenerating from rootstock, too small to be certain
  • Many small forbs I couldn’t recognize

I didn’t see any chamise (there).

SpringFire-LaJollaCanyon

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