California Desert Flowers: An Introduction to Families, Genera, and Species

California Desert Flowers: An Introduction to Families, Genera, and Species

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California Desert Flowers: An Introduction to Families, Genera, and Species

"I am impressed with the attractive format, the excellent color photographs, and the simplified, workable keys to family and genus."—Edwin A. Phillips, Emeritus Professor of Botany, Pomona College and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden

"These fine photographs and clear explanations of plant families, genera, and species will entice the amateur botanist lucky enough to be exploring the California deserts and their wildflowers."—David M. Gates, Professor Emeritus of Biology and former Director, Biological Station, University of Michigan

"This beautifully conceived book not only provides an outstanding introduction to the magnificent wildflowers that carpet California's deserts in years with sufficient rainfall, it does so in a way that skillfully introduces users to plant families and genera and thus gives them a foundation of understanding plants wherever they find them."—Peter Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden

"[This] is an easy-to-use work that can serve equally well as a stand-alone guide to a casual day trip or, for more advanced botanists, as a practical companion to the Jepson Manual."—John N. Trager, Curator of Desert Collections, Huntington Botanical Gardens

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520240025
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/21/2004
Pages: 295
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Sia Morhardt is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Pitzer College. J. Emil Morhardt is Roberts Professor of Environmental Biology and Director of the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of Clean, Green & Read All Over: Ten Rules for Effective Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Reporting (2002).

Table of Contents

What You Will Find in this Book1
Our California Desert Study Area2
Understanding Plant Names and Classification4
Using Keys for Plant Identification6
Essential Flower and Plant Parts and Definitions7
Keys to Family9
Acanthaceae: Acanthus Family19
Asclepiadaceae: Milkweed Family23
Asteraceae (Compositae): Sunflower Family29
Bignoniaceae: Bignonia or Catalpa Family81
Boraginaceae: Borage Family85
Brassicaceae (Cruciferae): Mustard Family93
Cactaceae: Cactus Family109
Capparaceae: Caper Family119
Cucurbitaceae: Gourd or Cucumber Family125
Fabaceae (Leguminosae): Legume or Bean or Pea Family131
Fouquieriaceae: Ocotillo Family151
Hydrophyllaceae: Waterleaf Family155
Krameriaceae: Rhatany Family165
Lamiaceae (Labiatae): Mint Family169
Liliaceae: Lily Family177
Loasaceae: Loasa or Blazing Star Family189
Malvaceae: Mallow Family197
Nyctaginaceae: Four O'Clock Family203
Onagraceae: Evening Primrose Family211
Papaveraceae: Poppy Family221
Rosaceae: Rose Family227
Scrophulariaceae: Figwort Family241
Solanaceae: Nightshade or Potato Family253
Zygophyllaceae: Caltrop Family263
About the Photographs271
Annotated References273

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