A composite plant, with three angles, shrubby stem, and white flowers without rays, makes dense growth around the margins of meadows, five or six feet high. Back of these, where the ground is dryer, the common pteris forms luxurian growth three or four feet in height. An Ar. only thirteen inches in diameter was eighty-seven feet long, and twelve inches in diameter at fifty feet above the ground. Oct. 24. Cloudy. Magnificent cumuli about noon. Mill running. Leave this hospitable camp about six o’clock this evening. Most interesting forest I have seen in my whole life. Formal, yet variable, and always impressive with auld-lang-syne Sequoia-like physiognomy. Tree and palms make large part of the primeval forest. More ferns than palms or trees and yield most of shade. Crowns of Ar. trees cast little shade. Many species of herbacious ferns both on ground and trees. Fine mint and large lily-like plants in flower, purple. Many mosses. Saw a squirrel, very like Douglas, darker, redder, perhaps
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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