California Plant Families West of the Sierran Crest and Deserts

ISBN-10: 0520259246
ISBN-13: 9780520259249
Edition: 2009
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Description: Interest in California's beautiful native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers is at an all-time high. Yet, identification and classification of the state's vast and varied flora can be challenging for both amateurs and professionals. This book provides a  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Interest in California's beautiful native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers is at an all-time high. Yet, identification and classification of the state's vast and varied flora can be challenging for both amateurs and professionals. This book provides a superb way for learning to identify California's native and naturalized plants by learning to recognize plant families. The heart of the book contains user-friendly keys and descriptions of nearly seventy major families prominent in wildlands. With this book in hand, anyone will be able to identify common native and naturalized species throughout California's majestic floristic province-extending from southwestern Oregon into northern Baja California and to the western side of the major mountain ranges. Entries feature key characteristics, possible confusions with families of similar appearance, the size and economic uses of each family, and summary of major genera and species Excellent line drawings display plant habits, leaves, flowers, flower details, and fruits where appropriate Technical terms are defined in a glossary Includes an index of common names

Glenn Keator, a California plant specialist, is author of Trees of the San Francisco Bay Area (UC Press), The Life of an Oak, Plants of the East Bay Parks, and Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California. Alrie Middlebrook is the founder and president of Middlebrook Gardens in San Jose, California, a design company that specializes in California native gardens. She is author of Eating California. They have been hiking California and teaching classes on California native plants for thirteen years.

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