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Lake Morena - Search for Ribes canthariforme

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE 3-4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT!]

This trip will be our first technical event geared towards ID'ing and discovering historical populations of a rare plant. The Moreno Currant (Ribes canthariforme) is listed as a 1B.3 rare plant species by CNPS, partly due to it's narrow distribution (El Cajon Mtn to Lake Morena, and Dulzura to Descanso) and difficulty in distinguishing from more common species like Ribes indecorum and R. malvaceum.

While I've pinned Lake Morena's dam area as the hot spot for historical populations, we may look nearby depending on trail access. Hopefully, we'll be working with the Forest Service on this one, targeting areas that may become developed in the future. If possible, we'll do collections for various herbariums and also placing data on CalFlora and iNaturalist. If the shut down persists that far into the year, we'll stick to environs about the Lake Morena County Park and that portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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