Every publisher, at least on some level, would like to think that the books they publish are essential. But, really, how often does this happen and when it does, how do you know?

Well, one good sign is looking at what others have said about your work:

“A book that will stand for many years as the ultimate reference and guide to California flora. . . . A miracle of descriptive botany.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“This is one remarkable cutting-edge flora. Put it on your shelf, peruse it and abuse it, fondle it, learn from it. But most importantly, do yourself a favor—buy it!”—American Society of Plant Taxonomists

“California’s extraordinary flora is described in contemporary detail in this handy volume, which should prove an inspiration to all of those interested in these plants, their habitats, and their importance to a state richer in botanical diversity than any other part of the United States. This is a thorough revision of an indispensable book.”—Peter H. Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden

They are, of course, talking about The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California. The second edition of The Jepson Manual thoroughly updates this acclaimed work, the single most comprehensive resource on California’s amazingly diverse flora. The Jepson Manual, second edition, integrates the latest science with the results of intensive fieldwork, institutional collaboration, and efforts of hundreds of contributing authors into an essential reference on California’s native and naturalized vascular plants.

The second edition includes treatments of many newly described or discovered taxa and recently introduced plants, and reflects major improvements to plant taxonomy from phylogenetic studies. Nearly two-thirds of the 7,600 species, subspecies, and varieties the volume describes are now illustrated with diagnostic drawings. Geographic distributions, elevation ranges, flowering times, nomenclature, and the status of non-natives and native taxa of special concern have all been updated throughout. This edition also allows for identification of 240 alien taxa that are not fully naturalized but sometimes encountered. A new chapter on geologic, climatic, and vegetation history of California is also featured.

The Jepson Manual, second edition is available now directly through us and many other fine booksellers.

AND, if you order before February 14, 2012 and use source code: 12W7219, you’ll get a 20% discount.