Scientific name: Eschscholzia lobbii Family: Papaveraceae (poppy) Habitat: grassland (shallow soils) Size: plant 4 to 8 inches tall, flower 1.5 to 2.5 cm Fun facts: Early Spanish-Californians made a hair-oil from the plant which made their hair shiny. They believed that it also made their hair grow.
Scientific name: Leontodon taraxacoides Family: Asteraceae (sunflower) Habitat: vernal pools, wetlands Size: plant 8 to 10 inches tall; flower 20 to 40 mm across Fun facts: The genus name (Leontodon) means “lion tooth”. This plant is not native.
For 2 billion years, bacteria were the only creatures on Earth. Long before the dinosaurs, a special type of bacteria slowly increased the level of oxygen in the Earth’s air to 20 percent. Without this oxygen other plants and animals could not have evolved, including us.