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Tour of the island section of
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden



As part of the teacher training at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a tour of the island section of the garden was given by Herbarium Curator Steve Junak. Below is footage from this tour, where you can find out many interesting things about island plants.


Talk about the Botanic Garden's role in island plant research, and introduction of the island habitats and some key issues to the group



The characteristics and habitats of large plants and trees on the islands, and the role sea level and geology has played in their growth patterns



A rare Santa Cruz Island plant and how it's reproductive strategy helps it survive against grazing animals



Some of the differences between mainland plants and their island counterparts



The characteristic gray foliage common to island endemic plants



How some plants use animals to help disperse their seeds



The Island Oak, a native oak found only on the islands



Endemic cacti and succulents on the islands



Mainland and island Poison Oak