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  Nature Elective

Animals and Plants of the Redwood Forest
First posted February 1, 2004 Last updated June 19, 2009

The Redwood Forest is home to many beautiful and fascinating plants and animals. Redwood trees do not provide much food for animals and its leaves make the soil toxic for many plants. Therefore the plants that we find are either endemic (found only in the redwood forest) because they are adapted to this special ecological zone, or are in areas of the redwood forest that are broken up (areas where trees have fallen, the edges of the forest, or the zone along the river). Most of the animals are just passing through the forest but actually live elsewhere.

Plants of the Redwood Forest

coast redwood Sequoia sempervirens   bracken fern Pteridium aquilinum  
Douglas- fir Pseudotsuga menziesii   big leaf maple Acer macrophyllum  
California bay Umbellularia californica   poison oak Toxicodendron diversilobum  
tanbark-oak Lithocarpus densiflorus   red alder Alnus rubra  
chinquapin Castanopsis chrysophylla   California hazel Corylus cornuta var. californica
ferns as a group   mosses    
Fern Life Cycle              

Wildflowers of the Redwood Forest

Red Clintonia Clintonia andrewsiana        
False Solomon's Seal Smilacina racemosa var. amplexicaulis

Animals of the Redwood Forest

banana slug                
alligator lizard   chipmunk        
bugs   spiders