The diverse coastal habitats of the spectacular Pacific Coast include sandy beaches and dunes, salt- and freshwater marshes, coastal prairies and bluffs, riparian woodlands, and coniferous forests. This guide, first published nearly forty years ago, has introduced thousands to the wildflowers and other plants that grow along the coastline. Now thoroughly updated and revised, it is the perfect field guide to pack for a day at the seashore anywhere in California or the Pacific Northwest.
* 268 species are described and illustrated by a new color photograph, a precise line drawing, or both
* Includes native and introduced species of wildflowers, common trees, and shrubs
* This new edition includes more plants, gives helpful hints for identifying species, and incorporates new taxonomic and distribution information
Philip A. Munz (1892-1974) of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden was Professor of Botany at Pomona College, serving as Dean for three years. Dianne Lake is Rare Plant Committee Co-Chair and Unusual Plants Coordinator at the California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter. Phyllis M. Faber is General Editor of the California Natural History Guides.
“Like the originals, the revised guides are great beginning references for California wildflower watchers.”—Sue Rosenthal Bay Nature
"Philip Munz and UC Press have published a highly readable and easy-to-use guide to the unique flowers and other plants on the West Coast. If you only have one field guide for plants on the West Coast, this is the one to own."—Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, California Coastal Conservancy