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On the north slope of the mountain, near the highway, is
a stand of the rare Tecate cypress, Cupressus forbesii.
It formerly occurred on the peak itself but repeated burnings have
eliminated it from this site. This
cypress occurs with an endemic chaparral (see Otay Mountain) which includes
otayensis and Chamaebatia australis.
Two rare plants, Caulanthus heterophyllus var. heterophyllus
and Monardella hypoleuca ssp. lanata, occur in the area.
stand has not been burned for at least 40 years.
However, burning has eliminated larger stands that occurred on the peak,
thus demonstrating the inability of the cypress to reproduce when subjected to
Carl B. 1948.
Taxonomic and Distributional Studies of the New World Cypresses.
El Aliso Vol. I, pp. 1-250.
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