Southern California Academy of Sciences Bulletin (1903) Volume 2, Number 1, Pages 157-158
ADDITIONS TO THE FLORA OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, II
By LeRoy Abrams, Stanford University
1. Rumex pulcher. Inglewood about the station.
2. Malva pusilla. Ballona creek near Mesmer.
3. Chimaphila menziesii. Summit of Mt. Wilson under pines.
4. Cuscuta salina. Ballona Marshes growing on various marsh plants.
5. Allocarya trachycarpa. In moist ground near Inglewood.
6. Cryptantha barbigera. Santa Monica Mts. on the north slope near Cahuenga Pass.
7. Cryptantha flaccida. Chatsworth Park on grassy hillsides.
8. Cryptantha leiocarpa. Sand dunes along the seashore between Redondo and Port Ballona.
9. Quercus muriculata. Mt. Wilson ranging from 3500 ft. to the summit.
10. Eremocarya lepida. Summit of Mt. Wilson.
11. Amsinckia lycopsoides. This plant is not infrequent along the coast usually along the sand dunes.
12. Amsinckia intermedia. The common species around Los Angeles....
13. Linanthus ciliatus. Summit of Mt. Wilson.
14. Nicotiana clevelandii. Frequent on the sand dunes between Port Ballona and Redondo.
15. Orthocarpus densiflorus. Collected near Los Angeles by Louis Greata in April, 1899.
16. Plantago bigelovii. In moist ground near Inglewood.
17. Grindelia camporum. Wiseburn.
18. Blepharipappus elegans. Tijunga.
19. Baeria hispidus. Arroyo Seco and La Canada.
20. Baeria chrysostoma. Port Ballona and northern slope of the Santa Monica Mts.
21. Baeria mutica. Edges of sand dunes near Port Ballona.
22. Ambylopappus pusillus. On cliffs overhanging the sea, Port L.A.; between Port Ballona & Redondo.
23. Ptiloria pleurocarpa. Common about Pomona.
CONSERVATION RESEARCH, RESTORATION, RECOVERY: BALLONA, PART IIA
By Robert Jan van de Hoek, Scientist for the Ballona Institute
Member of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
322 Culver Boulevard, Suite 317, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
May 11, 2005
My 25 years of scientific conservation research that lead to discovering LeRoy Abrams' Ballona field notes enlightens us with knowledge and power for genuine restoration and genuine recovery of extirpated native plants. Genuine conservation of the dynamic southern California coast is possible by utilizing LeRoy Abrams' five year project (1899-1903) on native plants of southern California, which resulted in a significant book in 1904: Flora of Los Angeles and Vicinity. LeRoy Abrams' field journal notebooks (copies at the Ballona Institute archive), are invaluable, especially when used in conjunction with his book and scientific articles. Genuine restoration, genuine recovery, and genuine conservation, are all possible due to the visionary field studies and writings of LeRoy Abrams. In essence, we can restore the Ballona wetlands and uplands (dune, prairie, strand,) to virtually their wild glory of 1903, when the above article was originally written for the Southern California Academy of Sciences. As proof, I recovered and restored Cuscuta salina (Salt Marsh Dodder) to Ballona via educational (research) transplant propagules gathered at Malibu Lagoon. Another Dodder is still extant in the Ballona dunes, but the Salt Marsh Dodder was extirpated more than 24 years ago (see Abrams' list -fourth species in bold text). My research shows biodiversity increased with Dodder; furthermore, extinction is not forever in the Ballona Ecosystem, and there are reasons for hope and optimism by recovery of more native plants and animals.