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Vegetation in Rice Canyon is typical of coastal canyons
in the County. Virtually all of the
area is covered by a coastal sage scrub community.
Dominants are Artemisia californica, Simmondsia chinensis, and
Eriogonum fasciculatum. On the north-facing
slopes Rhus integrifolia is frequently the dominant. Toyon,
Heteromeles arbutifolia, is also present.
Several rare or uncommon plants occur in the area,
including Opuntia parryi var. serpentina, Ferocactus
viridescens, Selaginella cinerascens, and Viguiera laciniata.
Animal life is relatively abundant.
Of note is the presence of a coastal population of cactus wrens, CampyIorhynchus
uncommon San Diego horned lizard, Phrynosoma coronatum blainvillei, occurs in
Pliocene and Pleistocene marine sedimentary rock
formations underlie the area. Pliocene
mollusc fossils are present.
Integrity: There is a transmission line, with access
road, paths and fences. Some off-road-vehicle damage has occurred.
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