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A Tall Bush (393 views)
Fremontodendron californicum
Also fremontia and flannel flower

Collected from Greenhorn Mountains Kern County

Tilden Botanical Gardens

Tilden Park
internal link Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Sunday 18 July 2010)

(Photo taken 13:10:12 Tuesday 18 May 2010)

© 2010 Bryan Costales
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The Fremontodendron californicum grows to an average height of 10 feet (3 meters). It is native to the dryer eastern slopes of California, but is also found in parts of Arizona.

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Multiple Stems (513 views)
by Bryan Costales
(2 of 8) The Fremontodendron californicum grows from multiple stems or trunks. The lack of a single trunk differentiates it from a tree.
A Branch (455 views)
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(3 of 8) Detail of a branch showing that it grows from a main upward stem or trunk on an upward angle. The branches are sparse so that all parts of the plant are exposed to sunlight.
Fuzzy Leaves (543 views)
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(4 of 8) The leaves and flower bulbs were covered in a short fuzz or hairs. This gave the leaves an oddly soft texture that resembled the feel of flannel. Hence the plant's name.
Lobed Leaves (490 views)
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(5 of 8) The leaves were lobed and, when newly formed, resembled oak leaves. The hair or fuzz was visible as tiny white dots where the light is oblique as in the lower left.
Large Flowers (469 views)
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(6 of 8) The large yellow flowers were roughly 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) across. Although the mature plant can produce flowers and seeds, the seeds will only germinate when burned in a fire.
Five Petals (501 views)
by Bryan Costales
(7 of 8) Each flower has five leaf-like petals that are convex and come to a point or thorn. The shrub itself is evergreen, but the flowers only bloom in the spring.
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(8 of 8) The typical branch of the Fremontodendron californicum in spring. Note the presence of leaves, flower bulbs, and flowers.