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San Diego Thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia)

San Diego Thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia)

When you are walking, hiking, or biking, be aware of the San Diego Thornmint.  The plant is extremely rare and is on the California endangered species list, and on the Federal Government’s endangered species list.  The San Diego thorn-mint is covered in the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan NCCP. So what does this mean?  In short, it means it is illegal to kill or possess this plant.  Please don’t walk on it, nor crush it!   Sycamore Canyon is one…

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What is the polyphagous shot hole borer & how much damage can one tiny bug cause?

What is the polyphagous shot hole borer & how much damage can one tiny bug cause?

Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He’s looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sap dried around them like bloodstains.  It is The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer.    What?  You’ve never heard of it? The victims are box elders, sycamores and coast live oaks, all in some state of suffering. Eskalen approaches a tree riddled with 1-millimeter holes, as if someone used it for miniature…

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