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California Native Plants as Livestock Food- Best Browse Plants

Cattle:

Amelanchier alnifolia
Atriplex polycarpa
Ceanothus integerrimus
Cercocarpus betuloides
Eurotia lanata
Prunus subcordata
Prunus virginiana var. demissa
Purshia tridentata
Purshia glandulosa
Quercus kelloggii
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Salix lasiolepis

Horses:

Cercocarpus betuloides
Purshia tridentata
Toxicodendron diversilobum

This is a young Mountain Mahogany after a couple of years with no water. It is mixed in with Trichostema and Chamise here. But nearby it's mixed with scrub oak and Pitcher sage. - grid24_12
Browse plants may not look tasty to us, but they do to the animals.

Sheep:

Adenostoma fasciculatum
Amelanchier alnifolia
Atriplex canescens
Atriplex confertifolia
Atriplex nuttallii
Atriplex polycarpa
Ceanothus cuneatus
Ceanothus integerrimus
Ceanothus leucodermis
Ceanothus parvifolius
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Cercocarpus betuloides
Cowania mexicana
Eurotia lanata
Fremontodendron californicum
Garrya fremontii
Grayia spinosa
Populus tremuloides
Prunus subcordata
Purshia tridentata
Purshia glandulosa
Rhamnus californica
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Salix lasiolepis
Salix scouleriana
Sambucus mexicana (Sambucus caerulea)
Sambucus racemosa (Sambucus callicarpa)
Simmondsia chinensis
Symphoricarpos albus
Symphoricarpos rotundifolius
Rhamnus californica, Coffeeberry can make a good hedge. - grid24_12
Rhamnus californica, Coffeeberry

Goats:

Adenostoma fasciculatum
Amelanchier alnifolia
Atriplex canescens
Atriplex confertifolia
Atriplex polycarpa
Ceanothus cuneatus
Ceanothus cordulatus
Ceanothus integerrimus
Ceanothus leucodermis
Ceanothus parvifolius
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Cercocarpus betuloides
Cercocarpus ledifolius
Coleogyne ramosissima
Cowania mexicana (Purshia mexicana)
Ephedra nevadensis
Ephedra viridis
Eurotia lanata (Krascheninnikovia lanata)
Fremontodendron californicum
Garrya fremontii
Grayia spinosa
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Populus fremontii
Populus tremuloides
Populus trichocarpa
Prunus subcordata
Purshia tridentata
Quercus dumosa (Quercus berberidifolia)
Rhamnus californica
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Ribes californicum
Ribes cereum
Salix lasiandra
Salix lasiolepis
Salix scouleriana
Sambucus caerulea (Sambucus mexicana)
Sambucus callicarpa (Sambucus racemosa)
Sambucus racemosa
Simmondisa chinensis
Solanum umbelliferum
Sorbus sitchensis
Symphoricarpos rivularis (Symphoricarpos albus)
Symphoricarpos rotundifolius
Vaccinium occidentale (Vaccinium uliginosum ssp. occidentale)

Deer:


Acer circinatum
Acer glabrum
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Aesculus californica
Amelanchier alnifolia
Artemisia arbuscula var. nova
Artemisia tridentata
Atriplex canescens
Atriplex confertifolia
Atriplex polycarpa
Betula occidentalis
Ceanothus cordulatus
Ceanothus diversifolius
Ceanothus foliosus
Ceanothus incanus
Ceanothus integerrimus
Ceanothus leucodermis
Ceanothus parvifolius
Ceanothus prostratus
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Cercocarpus betuloides
Cercocarpus ledifolius
Chamaebatia foliolosa
Coleogyne ramosissima
Cowania mexicana (Purshia mexicana)
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Eurotia lanata (Krascheninnikovia lanata)
Fremontodendron californicum
Garrya fremontii
Grayia spinosa
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Lithocarpus densiflorus var. echinoides
Lonicera involucrata
Pickeringia montana
Populus tremuloides
Prunus emarginata
Prunus subcordata
Prunus virginiana var. demissa
Purshia tridentata (Purshia tridentata var. tridentata)
Purshia glandulosa (Purshia tridentata var. glandulosa)
Quercus douglasii
Quercus dumosa (Quercus berberidifolia)
Quercus garryana
Quercus kelloggii
Quercus wislizenii var. frutescens
Rhamnus californica
Rhamnus crocea var. ilicifolia (Rhamnus ilicifolia)
Rhus diversiloba (Toxicodentron diversilobum)
Sambucus caerulea (Sambucus mexicana)
Sambucus callicarpa (Sambucus racemosa)
Sambucus racemosa
Simmondsia chinensis
Solanum umbelliferum
Sorbus sitchensis
Umbellularia californica
Vaccinium occidentale (Vaccinium uliginosum ssp. occidentale)


References:
Sampson, A. W. & B. S. Jespersen. 1963. California Range Brushlands and Browse Plants. University of California Press. 162 pp.

Schemnitz, Sanford D. (ed.) 1980. Wildlife Management Techniques Manual. The Wildlife Society. 686 pp.

Moe, L. Maynard & E. C. Twisselmann. 1995. A Key to Vascular Plant Species of Kern County, California & A Flora of Kern County, California. California Native Plant Society. 395 pp.
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