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Botanical Community Development Initiati
Flora of Joshua Tree National Park and How to Explore the Desert Safely
Botanist Stephen Hodges will discuss the flora of Joshua Tree National Park and how to safely explore desert areas in southern California.
Time & Location
Jun 16, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Botanical Community Development Initiati, 4510 N River Rd, Oceanside, CA 92057, USA
About the Event
Only a few hours from San Diego, Joshua Tree is a world famous national park right here in our backyard. Originally slated to be called Desert Plants National Monument, protecting the unique flora of the area is fundamental to the existence of the park. Joshua Tree is at the meeting point of the California Floristic Province, Sonoran Desert and Mojave Desert. This confluence means that many species converge here at the edges of their distribution. A number of species have been described as new to science from within the park boundaries in recent years, including 2 new species of poppy and a new species of cactus. This talk will give an overview of the flora of the area, and cover some of the interesting and characteristic plants that can be found here. Along with discussing the flora of Joshua Tree, we will have a discussion about how to explore desert areas safely.
Included with your ticket are appetizers form the on-site farm (Community Roots Farm) which will be freshly harvested and prepared that day. A pop-up stand of produce from the farm will be available for sale.
About the Speaker:
Stephen Hodges has worked as a professional field botanist for 15 years in areas ranging from southern Florida and southern California to Panama and the Caribbean. Most recently he worked as a field botanist for Joshua Tree National Park, as well as serving as the Science and Resources representative on the park safety committee. He currently resides in Twentynine Palms, California and works as a botanist.
Flora of Joshua Tree