Frenzel Creek Research Natural Area

Original Publication DATE: 5/26/2011

The first journey of the summer has begun and as I make my way south to the Sierra San Pedro Martir botanically diverse destinations will craft the route I drive. The first stop was not too far from home, but a place I had not yet been. The serpentine soils along the Frenzel Creek Research Natural Area foster the sympatric overlap of two cypresses–along with many other unique serpentine plants. Enjoy the photo-blog, as I won’t have a lot of time to write with many miles to travel.

Frenzel Creek RNA
MacNab cypress grow in a shrubby form in the uplands growing with leather oak among other species.

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Cupressus macnabiana
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McNab cypress in the foreground on the upper slopes and Sargent cypress in the background along the creek bottoms.
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Sargent cypress along Frenzel Creek
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Cupressus sargentii
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Ghost pine (Pinus sabiniana) were common
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Serpentine barrens above Frenzel Creek
Calochortus amabilis
Calochortus amabilis
Epipactis gigantea
Epipactis gigantea

COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Jeffrey Kane
DATE: 5/26/2011 11:49:07 PM
sweet dude. hope your trip goes well. look forward to hearing about it. safe travels.

4 Replies to “Frenzel Creek Research Natural Area”

  1. Would you happen to recall if/where you might have noted sizeable populations of Heianthus exilis sunflower? Haivng spent 37 years in the USDA studying sunflower, I’m still trying to track down interesting species, like H exilis. I assume there are no trails in this RNA and one must blaze away.

    1. Thomas- it’s been far too long since I’ve visited this place so I do not remember any sunflowers at this time. And yes you do have to blaze your own trail!

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