Torrey Pines State Reserve Author:Carl L. Hubbs; Thomas W. Whitaker; Margaret Eddy Fleming The Torrey Pine, Pinus torreyana, is one of the rarest trees in the world. It was discovered by Dr. C. C. Parry in 1850, the year the State of California was admitted to the Union. This species is indigenous to two small areas: (1) Del Mar, California, and Torrey Pines State Reserve, and (2) Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands southwes... more »t of Santa Barbara, California. The Torrey Pine unlike other pines bears a cluster of 5 long, stout, needle-like leaves encased in a basal sheath. The cones are large and woody, and the seeds large, thick-shelled and edible. In its native habitat it grows into grotesque and picturesque forms of great beauty.
This booklet is an attempt by the Torrey Pines Association to record the history and interpret the education assets of the Torrey Pines State Reserve, and thus to create a desire to further preserve the natural beauty of this unique area.
Generously illustrated with photographs, etchings, and drawings. Contents: History of Torrey Pines State Reserve; Brief Chronology of Torrey Pines State Reserve; History of the Torrey Pines Reserve Extension; The Torrey Pine; Associated Plants; Ecology of Los Penasquitos Lagoon; Seaweed Drift on Torrey Pines Beach; Aquatic Life; Insects; Amphibians and Reptiles; Birds; Land Mammals; Primitive Man; Geologic Setting; Conclusion; Appendix.« less