on february 18, we will be going to the rincon reservation to see the burn areas and to talk with tishmall turner, CSUSM tribal liaison, and kristie orosco, rincon’s environmental person, about native habitat restoration. in the riparian area behind the tribal hall where we will first meet, i noticed mulefat growing everywhere. mulefat is a deceptively beautiful plant, but you have to look at it closely. i look at things closely with a close-up lens to enhance my vision. mulefat generally grows in wet or dry streambeds in chaparral or coastal sage scrub.mulefat has colonized the rock wall in front of my house, so it obviously doesn’t need a lot of soil or water to grow. mulefat looks a lot like willow, and that’s what salicifolia refers to: willow-leaved. i read online how easy it is to propagate mulefat from cuttings, so i’m going to try this from the plants growing along the creek near my house . . .

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