Introduction to the Plant Life of Southern California

Coast to Foothills

Author: Philip W. Rundel

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Nature

Page: 316

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CNHG: This is an introduction to the plant communities of the Southern California coastal areas and foothills, including color photos of 250 species and additional color habitat photos.

Introduction to the Geology of Southern California and Its Native Plants

Author: Clarence A. Hall Jr.

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Science

Page: 512

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With its active fault systems, complex landforms, and myriad natural habitats, southern California boasts a rich and dynamic geologic environment. This abundantly illustrated volume at last provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible resource for students and general readers interested in southern California's geology and native plants. Covering an extensive area, north from San Diego to Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada and east to the Mojave and Colorado deserts, its unique, comprehensive approach brings together for the first time the basic principles of geology, the story of plate tectonics, in-depth discussion of the geology of many specific locales within the region, and information on identifying southern California's native plants.

Introduction to California Plant Life

Revised Edition

Author: Robert Ornduff

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Nature

Page: 341

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"Packed with new information, this revised guide will delight both the well informed and the novice." —Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Field Guide to Beetles of California

Author: Arthur V. Evans

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Nature

Page: 362

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With perhaps 8,000 different species, beetles are easily the largest group of animals in California and can be found virtually everywhere in the state. They grapple over flower heads, lurk in pantries, paddle through pristine mountain streams, amble over dunes, and buzz about porch lights on warm evenings. But until now, there was no single resource for identifying the most commonly encountered beetles in California’s mountains, valleys, and deserts. This valuable field guide, a companion volume to Introduction to California Beetles published in 2004, identifies more than 500 of the state’s more conspicuous and colorful species, with the majority presented in stunning color photographs. Written and designed for amateur naturalists, students, and field biologists, it is chock-full of what every beetle watcher wants to know, including suggestions for finding beetles, starting a beetle collection, and keeping beetles in captivity. The informative, accessibly written species accounts include information on beetle identification, natural history, and distribution. * Features 300 color photographs, 110 drawings, and 2 maps * Covers 569 species in 56 families * Lists California’s sensitive, threatened, and endangered species * Provides resources and web sites for further study of California beetles

Introduction to Earth, Soil, and Land in California

Author: David Carle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Nature

Page: 226

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This volume is an exploration of the soil in the state of California, discussing how soil ecosystems function, what lives in the soil, and an examination of various soil types -- featuring 92 color photographs and 18 maps. The author describes the relationship between humans and the land, and investigates the various uses and abuses that land in California endures -- large scale agriculture, mining, and development, as well as fires, floods, and erosion. The guide also details the history of land use in the state. Among many topics, the author has included information on: California's wildlands, farmland, cities, and landfills; California's ecological footprint on planet Earth; and the many different life forms found in soil, including bacteria, fungi, insects, and mammals.

Introduction to California Chaparral

Author: Ronald D. Quinn

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Nature

Page: 344

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The characteristic look of California Chaparral—a soft bluish-green blanket of vegetation gently covering the hills—is known to millions who have seen it as the backdrop in movies and television productions. This complex ecological community of plants and animals is not just a feature of the hills around Hollywood, but is a quintessential part of the entire California landscape. It is a highly resilient community adapted to life with recurring fires and droughts. Written for a wide audience, this concise, engaging, and beautifully illustrated book describes an ancient and exquisitely balanced environment home to wondrous organisms: Fire Beetles that mate only on burning branches, lizards that shoot blood from their eyes when threatened, Kangaroo Rats that never drink water, and seeds that germinate only after a fire, even if that means waiting in the soil for a 100 years or more. Useful both as a field guide and an introductory overview of the ecology of chaparral, it also provides a better understanding of how we might live in harmony, safety, and appreciation of this unique ecological community. * Identifies chaparral’s common plants, animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects * Features 79 color illustrations, 56 black-and-white photographs, and 3 maps * Examines the role of humans and fire in chaparral, covering the placement and design of homes, landscaping, and public policy

Plant Talk

The Bulletin of the National Tropical Botanical Garden

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Category: Plant conservation

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Field guide to plant galls of California and other Western states

Author: Ron Russo

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

ISBN:

Category: Nature

Page: 397

View: 885

Oak apples, honeydew and ambrosia galls, witches' brooms, and fasciations--all are types of plant galls, a commonly observed, yet little-understood botanical phenomenon. Often beautiful and bizarre, galls are growths of various shapes, sizes, and colors produced by host plants in response to invading organisms. This guide, a trove of natural history lore, explores this hidden realm, taking a fascinating look at the world of plant galls, the organisms that initiate them, their host plants, and their intricate behaviors. Focusing on native trees and shrubs, but also discussing several galls that occur on herbaceous and ornamental plants, it illuminates the complex interrelationship between botany and entomology and magnifies our awareness of plant communities in the West. Identifies more than 300 species of galls--95 on oaks, 22 on members of the rose family, 60 desert species, and 35 species that are new to science Describes plant galls from coastal dunes, the high Sierra, the Great Basin, forests throughout the western states, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts Includes information on host selection, growth and development, predator and parasite defense, and animal and human uses of galls Oak apples, honeydew and ambrosia galls, witches' brooms, and fasciations--all are types of plant galls, a commonly observed, yet little-understood botanical phenomenon. Often beautiful and bizarre, galls are growths of various shapes, sizes, and colors produced by host plants in response to invading organisms. This guide, a trove of natural history lore, explores this hidden realm, taking a fascinating look at the world of plant galls, the organisms that initiate them, their host plants, and their intricate behaviors. Focusing on native trees and shrubs, but also discussing several galls that occur on herbaceous and ornamental plants, it illuminates the complex interrelationship between botany and entomology and magnifies our awareness of plant communities in the West. Identifies more than 300 species of galls--95 on oaks, 22 on members of the rose family, 60 desert species, and 35 species that are new to science Describes plant galls from coastal dunes, the high Sierra, the Great Basin, forests throughout the western states, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts Includes information on host selection, growth and development, predator and parasite defense, and animal and human uses of galls