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Trees and Shrubs of California
Contributor(s): Stuart, John D. (Author), Sawyer, John O. (Author), Pickart, Andrea J. (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0520221109     ISBN-13: 9780520221109
Publisher: University of California Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2001

Annotation: "Finally a guide to the woody plants of wildland California! The easy-to-follow vegetative keys, revealing drawings, crisp color photos, and handy range maps combine to make this a beautiful, reader-friendly resource to the novice and the expert alike. Each species has a page of text, including notes on habitat, morphology, and economic importance."--Michael Barbour, editor of "California's Changing Landscapes"

"I love this book. It is warmly welcome as a guide for California's avid public, a public that includes natural history lovers, conservationists, consultants, agencies, and public and private land managers. It is useful, useable, packed with accurate information, and cannot help but assist us in the difficult job of preserving our natural heritage."--Jake Sigg, President, California Native Plant Society

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Nature | Plants - Trees
Dewey: 582.160
LCCN: 00025834
Series: California Natural History Guides
Physical Information: 1.11" H x 5" W x 7.99" (1.19 lbs) 479 pages
- Geographic Orientation - California
- Cultural Region - Western U.S.
- Cultural Region - West Coast
Features: Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Maps
Review Citations: Choice 11/01/2001 pg. 539
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Publisher Description:
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.
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