Introduction to the Plant Life of Southern California: Coast to Foothills / Edition 1

Introduction to the Plant Life of Southern California: Coast to Foothills / Edition 1

by Philip W. Rundel
     
 

Field guides often provide little ecological information, or context, for understanding the plants they identify. This book for the first time provides an ecological framework for learning about plants and their environments in southern California, Coastal beach and dune habitats, coastal and interior sage scrub, chaparral, woodlands, grasslands, riparian woodlands,… See more details below

Overview

Field guides often provide little ecological information, or context, for understanding the plants they identify. This book for the first time provides an ecological framework for learning about plants and their environments in southern California, Coastal beach and dune habitats, coastal and interior sage scrub, chaparral, woodlands, grasslands, riparian woodlands, and wetlands all contribute unique plant assemblages to the region. In addition to discussing each of these areas in depth, this book also emphasizes the role of factors such as drought, seasonal temperatures, fire, and non-native invasive plants. It will introduce a wide audience - from general readers and students to outdoor enthusiasts - to southern California's plant communities, their ecological dynamics, and the key plants that grow in them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241992
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/29/2005
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
741,664
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Philip W. Rundel, Professor of Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles, is coauthor of Ecological Communities and Processes in the Mojave Desert Ecosystem (1996), among other books. He has written extensively on the ecology of Southern California. Robert Gustafson is the retired collections manager of the Botany Department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His photographs illustrate Plants and Flowers of Hawaii (1987).

Table of Contents

1Biogeography of southern California1
2Coastal habitats : beaches, dunes, bluffs, and terraces11
3Coastal and interior sage scrub27
4Chaparral61
5Chaparral and fire109
6Woodlands137
7Grasslands169
8Riparian woodlands197
9Wetlands223
10Channel islands245
11Invasive alien species263
12Preserving biodiversity275

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >