Copyright (c) 1999, Suzanne
Sand Parkland is found almost
exclusively on the ridgetops of the sand hills, and features a deep, loose,
sandy soil, with very widely spaced ponderosa pines providing little or
no cover to the assortment of ephemeral herbs (annuals) and scattered subshrubs
which make up this community. Much of the year this habitat may look sandy
and barren, but each spring showy annuals and biennials provide a splash
of vibrant color.
In the photo: Ben Lomond
Wallflower (Erysimum teretifolium) is the yellow flower in front
with Silver Leaved Manzanita (Arctostaphylos silvicola) and Ponderosa
Pine (Pinus ponderosa) behind it. Behind them are Redwoods
(Sequoia sempervirens) and Ben Lomond Mountain.