• Whiskeytown Lake from the Davis Gulch Trail

    Whiskeytown

    National Recreation Area California

Plants

Whiskeytown is home to a vast array of both vascular (wildflowers, trees, shrubs, grasses, and ferns) and non-vascular (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) plant species. This diverse assemblage of species is due in part to the park's location within the Klamath Mountian physiographic province and its proximity to the Cascade Mountains, Coast Range, and Sacramento Valley. The park's broad range in elevation, rugged topography, numerous soil types, and history of natural and human disturbance also contribute to its species richness.

The park's many plant communities often intergrade with one another forming indistinct boundaries across the landscape. In general, these communities can be lumped into seven broad categories:
  • Knobcone Pine
  • Chaparral
  • Mixed Oak Woodlands
  • Blue Oak Grasslands
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Mixed Conifer
  • Riparian
 
To learn more about the park's major plant communities, visit our virtual tour.

Did You Know?

Tailed Frog edit

The tailed frog (Ascahphus truel) tadpoles have 10 - 16 rows of teeth? These teeth help tadpoles stick to rocks in the fast moving streams that they live in.