Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 13, 2009. Native wild cucumber or "California Manroot" is a tenacious vine with spiky fruit (upper right in above photo). (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Native wild cucumber (Marah fabaceus), also known as "California Manroot," is thriving on the steep slope among the California Black Walnut Woodland, closest to Peru and Modjeska Streets in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract. It is a huge tangle of vines growing between and all over the trees on the slope. Clearly, the moist conditions and native trees encourage its growth. Wild cucumbers are not found on the Corralitas Red Car Property.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 13, 2009. Native wild cucumber overwhelming a dead tree in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract. Homes in the background are on Corralitas Drive and Silver Ridge Ave. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
This month, we're taking a close-up view of the natural beauty of our neighborhood. All Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract photographs published on the Corralitas Red Car Property Blog in March 2009, are of plants growing on the 3 large lots destined for destruction, if a developer gains final approval of his proposed subdivision.
Neighbors will be back in front of the City Council's PLUM Committee on March 24, 2009.