This book is an attempt to present to the general reader who is not trained in taxonomic botany, but who is interested in nature and in his surroundings, some of the wildflowers of the California mountains in such a way that they can be identified without technical knowledge.
"The unique plant and biological communities in California make it a marvel on world scale, and a continuing source of interest and delight. This fine revised volume provides an introduction that should allow all Californians to understand better the special features of the place where they live. Packed with new information, this revised guide will delight both the well informed and the novice."--Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden
To enjoy using this book, learn its limitations, for to ignore them will lead to frustration. With perhaps a thousand kinds of flowering plants in the San Francisco Bay Region, there are here included as spring wildflowers only about 300 kinds. Obviously many limitations had to be set and, nature lacking sharp boundaries, choices often had to be arbitrary.
The diverse coastal habitats of the Pacific Coast include sandy beaches and dunes, salt- and freshwater marshes, coastal prairies and bluffs, riparian woodlands, and coniferous forests. This guide, first published nearly forty years ago, has introduced thousands to the wildflowers and other plants that grow along the coastline, including native and introduced species of wildflowers, common trees, and shrubs. Now thoroughly updated and revised, it is the ideal field guide to pack for a day at the seashore anywhere in California or the Pacific Northwest.--From publisher description.