Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Native Americans also used many of the other plants in this park. California bay trees (Umbellularia californica), relatives of avocados, provided oily, nutritious nuts. Their pungent leaves, like those of mugwort (Artemisia californica) helped keep insects out of food stores.
Big, glossy seeds of California buckeye (Aesculus californica) were mashed and used to stun fish. In lean times, they could be leached of their poisons and eaten. Blue elderberry (Sambucus mexicana) branches were easily hollowed out to make flutes and clappers. The soft pith helped kindle fires. The berries were eaten along with many others, including rose hips and berries of toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Other plants were used in baskets, clothing, dyes and medicines.
Erected by Friends of Five Creeks.
Location. 37° 53.601′ N, 122° 16.356′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Indian Rock Avenue. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Rock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hinkel Park (about 700 feet away); Northbrae Public Improvements (approx. ¼ mile away); Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Thousand Oaks School (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Branch Berkeley Public Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Live Oak Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Native Americans •
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