This is a classic and historic flora that still is widely used today. The species keys and descriptions are very simple so amateurs with some botanical knowledge can use it, however with the light species explanations given and lack of illustrations, it should be cross-referenced with the Jepson Manual or other work. The taxonomy is also a bit out to date, but again this can be cross-referenced easily. Besides its simplicity, the beauty of this flora is how it is written and ease of use. It is also a good flora for the entire north bay and coastal hills above San Francisco Bay, not just Marin County. Marin County is a remarkable area noted for diverse habitats ecological significance. The descriptions of the geology, soils, climate, life zones, floral geography, endemism, and botanical history are important and enjoyable sections of the book. These features are illustrated in several full page black and white photos. A glossary of terms and area maps are also provided.
From the Back Cover
This book describes the varied plants that are native or have become naturalized in the strikingly diverse habitats within Marin County, California. Originally published in 1949, it quickly became recognized as an outstanding regional floristic guidebook. The 1970 revised edition retains the original two-part organizational structure and incorporates all the new information in a supplement.
The author’s aim is to provide a usable tool with which both amateur naturalist and student can become familiar with a remarkable flora, and in doing so to give as accurate and full account as possible.
Product DetailsUnknown Binding: 366 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; 2d ed edition (1970)
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