California's varied landscape is characterized by a spectacular
abundance of plant life, including a magnificent variety of trees
and shrubs. This is the first book to combine the trees and shrubs
of California in one accessible field guide. Trees and Shrubs
of California identifies and describes native California tree
species and most common shrub species. The text is complemented by
more than 200 beautiful line drawings, 300 range maps, and 40 color
photographs. In their introduction, the authors discuss the
dominant vegetation types, climates, principal landforms, and
elevations of California's ecological regions. They explain the
classification system and nomenclature used in the book, which
includes both scientific and common plant names and is based on the
1993 edition of The Jepson Manual. The authors also
provide a step-by-step explanation of how to use the dichotomous
keys to identify plants and distinguish between trees and shrubs.
This user-friendly field guide minimizes technical terms and
includes a checklist, making it an invaluable resource on
California's profuse vegetation.
Subjects: Botany & Plant Sciences
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