Malacothamnus gracilis Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

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Lopez Lake Campground (entrance)

6800 Lopez Drive

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

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Help Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and CNPS with rare plant conservation efforts by collecting seeds from Malacothamnus gracilis!

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Join us Friday August 16 to Sunday August 18th at Lopez Lake Recreation Area to collect seed and survey for Malacothamnus gracilis (slender bush-mallow). Lopez Lake has the largest known population of M. gracilis which we will be collecting seed from for conservation seed banking at the Ranch Santa Ana Botanic Garden seed bank. We will likely also explore unsurveyed areas to find and map more plants. For those that wish to camp, we currently have three sites reserved at the Lopez Lake campground for the nights of August 16-17. Campers may arrive Friday afternoon and evening. We will plan to collect seed on Saturday morning and possibly survey into the afternoon if not too hot. On Sunday morning we will hike and survey for unmapped areas of M. gracilis. Be prepared for several hours of exposure to sun, heat, and possibly wind! While we may not go far for the seed collection, the trails around some populations are steep. Surveys may be several miles. There are no bathrooms, potable water, or other services outside the campground, so bring all the food, water, and supplies you’ll need for a full day of exploring. Likewise, if camping, bring everything you need. If you would like gloves for seed collecting, please bring your own.

Space is limited, so an RSVP is required to attend.

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Lopez Lake Campground (entrance)

6800 Lopez Drive

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

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