Last weekend, the Museum partnered with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and ecologist Jodi McGraw to host a wildflower walk at the Morgan Preserve in Scotts Valley. This special hike through the Santa Cruz Sandhills offered a look at a variety of wildflowers, many of which are endemic to this habitat.
The Ben Lomond spineflower is a tiny plant that grows close to the ground, which is an adaptation to this hot, dry habitat. It is one of many plants in the area that are referred to as “belly plants” since you need to be on your belly to get a good look at them.
The Morgan Preserve is not accessible to the public, except during guided hikes and habitat restoration events – visit the Land Trust website for an event calendar and for information about lands that are open to the public. To find out more about the Sandhills habitat, including information about the flora and fauna that live there, visit santacruzsandhills.com
All photos courtesy of Tyler Karaszewski.