California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora

California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora


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This definitive guide for exploring California's spectacular plants includes: Over 300 pages with more than 500 species described or photographed, More than 1,000 full-color photographs and 150 species range maps, Detailed descriptions and fascinating natural history stories, California tree identification flowchart, Wildflower identification color guide, Detailed glossary and comprehensive index

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999896006
Publisher: Heyday
Publication date: 01/20/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 186,315
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Matt Ritter grew up in rural Mendocino County, California. He attended UC Santa Barbara to earn a bachelor's degree in microbiology and UC San Diego for a Ph.D. in plant biology. He's a botany professor in the biology department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He's authored numerous scientific papers and a natural history guide to San Luis Obispo's native plants. He's also the author of A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us (Heyday, 2011), the state's funniest and most popular natural history guide to the urban forest. He won the Cal Poly Excellence in Teaching Award and the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture R. W. Harris Award for Excellence in Education. He studies trees that escape cultivation, particularly Eucalyptus, and is a woodworker, athlete, musician, gardener, and all-around likable guy.

Table of Contents

Foreword i

The Wildlands Conservancy Statement ii

The California Native Plant Society Statement iii

Acknowledgments v-vii

Introduction 1

Maps 8

Coastal Scrub and Chaparral Plants 10

Wildflowers and Grassland Plants 58

Forest and Woodland Plants 112

Dune and Coastal Plants 194

Saltmarsh and Freshwater Wetland Plants 212

Desert Plants 234

Non-native Plants 262

Glossary 290

References and Further Reading 298

Online Resources and Botanical Gardens 299

California Tree Identification Flowchart 300

Wildflower Identification Color Guide 303

About the Author 305

Index 307

Index to Genera 320

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