California’s unique plants range in size from the stately Coast Redwoods to the minute belly plants of the southern deserts and in age from the four-thousand year-old Bristlecone Pines to ephemeral annuals whose life span can be counted in weeks. Available at last in a thoroughly updated and revised edition, this popular book is the only concise overview of the state’s remarkable flora, its plant communities, and the environmental factors that shape them.
* 188 color photographs illustrate plants and typical plant communities around the state
* New chapters give expanded discussions of the evolution of the California landscape, recent changes in California's flora, and more
* Introduces basic concepts of plant taxonomy and plant ecology through clear examples and covers topics such as soil, climate, and geography
Robert Ornduff (1932-2000) served as Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria, Director of the University Botanical Garden, and Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Phyllis M. Faber is General Editor of the California Natural History Guides. Todd Keeler-Wolf is Senior Vegetation Ecologist, California Department of Fish and Game.
“This newly revised edition lays the groundwork for understanding the influence of topography, climate, and soils on the state’s vegetation. . . . An already best-seller.”—Norden H. (Dan) Cheatham Fremontia
“A fascinating digest of the background subjects necessary to a study and understanding of the California flora.”—John Akeroyd Plant Talk
"A key publication for learning about the plants of California."—Jane Villa-Lobos Plant Talk
"Packed with new information, this revised guide will delight both the well informed and the novice." —Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden