Advice for habitat locations in Southern California

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Advice for habitat locations in Southern California

Post by mikeashworth » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:48 pm


I shall be heading off to California in a few days, intending to spend about a week in Southern California, though I will be finishing off in the Bay area as I have business up there in the following week. I have been to some of the obvious locations, such as the Joshua Tree National Park, the Anza Borrego State Park and the Huntington Botanical Gardens (all twice!), but I am keen to find some of the rarer native plants (mainly cacti, but other succulents are also of interest). I note that in Benson 1969 "The Native Cacti of California" several "interesting" cacti are found (according to the distribution maps) in the very south-western corner of San Diego county, right next to the Mexican border. I tried going there on my last trip but the area is a major military base and there doesn't seem to be easy public access.

Any advice for locations to visit would be much appreciated.

Best wishes
Mike Ashworth
BCSS Macclesfield and East Cheshire
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