Introduction to California Plant Life / Edition 2

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California's unique plants range in size from the stately coast redwoods to the minute belly plants of the southern deserts and in age from four-thousand-year-old bristlecone pines to ephemeral annuals whose life span can be counted in weeks. Available at last in a thoroughly updated and revised edition, this popular book is the only concise overview of the state's remarkable flora, its plant communities, and the environmental factors that shape them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520237049
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2003
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series, #69
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 357
  • Sales rank: 971,333
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ornduff (1932-2000) served as Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria, Director of the University Botanical Garden, and Professor of
Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Phyllis M. Faber is General Editor of the California Natural History Guides. Todd Keeler-Wolf is Senior Vegetation Ecologist, California Department of Fish and Game.

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Table of Contents

Preface from the 1974 Edition
1 The California Flora 2
2 California's Topography, Climate, and Soils 40
3 Physical and Biological Influences on Plants 68
4 Variation or Ecotypes of Plant Species 96
5 Introduction to California Vegetation 110
6 Vegetation Types in Cismontane California 150
7 Vegetation Types in Montane and Transmontane California 198
8 Evolution of the California Flora 228
9 Early Plant Exploration and Botany in California 246
10 Recent Changes in California's Flora 270
Glossary 297
Supplemental Reading 301
References 303
Art Credits and Additional Captions 315
Index of Plant Names 317
General Index 331
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