RAIN MAY AID POPPY CROP.Byline: Daily News
LANCASTER - California Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley Poppy poppy, common name for some members of the Papaveraceae, a family composed chiefly of herbs of the Northern Hemisphere having a characteristic milky or colored sap. Reserve volunteers are hoping for a good crop of wildflowers as this winter shapes up to be the rainiest in five years.
The reserve's Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive in·ter·pre·tive also in·ter·pre·ta·tive
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in·terpre·tive·ly adv. Center is scheduled to open March 22, and volunteer docents are being sought to help with crowds expected to be large.
``It's an interesting job because you get to meet all kinds of different people,'' said Milt Stark, president of the Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association. ``If a person likes people, they love that job out there.''
Stark, author of a book on Antelope Valley wildflowers, said it's too early to predict this spring's wildflowers, whose bloom bloom
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If the rains keep up, Stark said the flowers might bloom a week early, in mid-March.
The visitor center is traditionally open six weeks in spring, while the wildflower wildflower
Any flowering plant that grows without intentional human aid. Wildflowers are the source of all cultivated garden varieties of flowers. A wildflower growing where it is unwanted is considered a weed. bloom is at its peak.
In good wildflower years such as 1995, the reserve 15 miles west of Lancaster can draw 100,000 visitors over several weeks. Last year, the driest on record in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , it had virtually no flowers and 1,800 visitors.
Stark is hoping this season to have at least 20 new volunteers, who will work in the center's gift shop and answer questions from visitors, who include many foreign tourists.
Training for volunteer positions will be from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 and March 1 at the reserve, 15500 W. Lancaster Road. To reach the reserve from Lancaster, travel 15 miles west on Avenue I, which becomes Lancaster Road. A training manual will be provided.
To register, call the state Department of Parks and Recreation office at (661) 942-0662 before Thursday.