Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States / Edition 1

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Overview

Oak apples, honeydew and ambrosia galls, witches’ brooms, and fasciations—all are types of plant galls, a commonly observed, yet little-understood botanical phenomenon. Often beautiful and bizarre, galls are growths of various shapes, sizes, and colors produced by host plants in response to invading organisms. This guide, a trove of natural history lore, explores this hidden realm, taking a fascinating look at the world of plant galls, the organisms that initiate them, their host plants, and their intricate behaviors. Focusing on native trees and shrubs, but also discussing several galls that occur on herbaceous and ornamental plants, it illuminates the complex interrelationship between botany and entomology and magnifies our awareness of plant communities in the West.

* Identifies more than 300 species of galls—95 on oaks, 22 on members of the rose family, 60 desert species, and 35 species that are new to science

* Describes plant galls from coastal dunes, the high Sierra, the Great Basin, forests throughout the western states, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts

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Includes information on host selection, growth and development, predator and parasite defense, and animal and human uses of galls

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“You will be thrilled, because Ron Russo is an extremely inspiring naturalist able to propel you into wanting to learn more.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520248854
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Russo recently retired as Chief Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland, California. Among his books are Hawaiian Reefs: A Natural History Guide, Pacific Coast Mammals, Mountain State Mammals, Pacific Coast Fish, and Pacific
Intertidal Life
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments and Preface     ix
Introduction     1
About This Guide     4
What Are Galls?     5
The Science of Gall Study     6
A Brief History of Galls     7
Where Galls Form     9
Gall Inducers at a Glance     10
Common Types of Galls     13
Seasonal Appearance and Growth Rate     19
Environmental Factors     20
Damage to Host Plants     22
Galls as Nutrient Sinks     25
The Gall Community     27
Parasite-inquiline Influence on Gall Shape     28
Gall-Inducer Defense     29
Honeydew and Bees, Yellow Jackets, and Ants     31
Insect Predators     33
Birds and Mammals     34
The Gall Inducers     37
Bacteria     38
Fungi     40
Mistletoes     45
Mites     47
Aphids and Adelgids     50
Psyllids     52
Moths     53
Beetles     56
Leaf-mining Flies     57
Tephritid Fruit Flies     58
Midges     60
Wasps     63
Gall Accounts     73
Tree Galls     75
Shrub Galls     217
Miscellaneous Galls     333
Native Plant Galls     333
Ornamental Plant Galls     339
Epilogue     342
Glossary     343
References     347
Index     363
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