Masters Thesis

A vegetation study of the Carpenteria Botanical Area.

Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica Torr.) is a rare endemic shrub that exists within a limited range in Eastern Fresno County, California. Little floristic or vegetation research has been conducted on the species in its natural environment. The present study performed on the Carpenteria Botanical Area, within the Sierra National Forest, was undertaken with three main objectives: 1) A floristic survey of all vascular plants in the Botanical Area. 2) A mapping of the distribution of C, californica within the bounds of the Botanical Area. 3) A vegetational analysis to clarify the relationship between C. californica and associated woody species in the Botanical Area.