range of this website is Southern California as it is defined
by Philip Munz in A Flora of Southern California. Munz
states that this area "extends from its northern boundary
of Point Conception, Santa Barbara County, eastward along the
crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Mount Pinos region in
Ventura County, Fort Tejon in Kern County, the Tehachapi and Piute
mountains, then northward to Little Lake in Inyo County and along
the east slopes of the Inyo and White mountains to the Deep Springs
region. As here defined, southern California comprises a cismontane
area between the sea and the mountains, a montane area which in
some cases reaches considerable elevation (Mt. Pinos, San Gabriel,
San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, Palomar, Cuyamaca and
Laguna ranges), and a transmontane or desert area which is constituted
largely of the Mojave and Colorado deserts."
I have now incorporated the nomenclatural changes that are reflected in the 2nd edition of the Jepson Manual of the Higher Plants of California. .
I would like to acknowledge Lorrae Fuentes, Bart O'Brien and Steve
Boyd at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for much assistance
in getting me started identifying plants and introducing me to
many productive locations. Also, I do acknowledge the help
of and express my appreciation in no particular order to Dr. Barbara
Collins of California Lutheran College, Milt McAuley, Dr. Curtis
Clark at Cal Poly Pomona, Jane Strong, Carl Wishner, Dieter Wilken
at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Barry Prigge at the UCLA Herbarium,
Richard Sapiro, Tim Thomas and Pam MacKay, Bill Truesdell, Mickey
Long at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Dave Heveron at the Living
Desert, David Hollombe of the Santa Monica Chapter CNPS, Bob Muns,
Milt Stark, Steve Ayala of the Society for Pacific Coast Native
Iris, Adrienne Knute, RT Hawke, Bob Allen, Jim Andre, Director
of the Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Fred Roberts,
Charlie Jones at the Native Plant Garden, San Diego Wild Animal
Park, former Death Valley botanist Dana York, Jim Reveal, Scott
McMillan, Tim Krantz, Ken Bowles, Tony Valois, Jay Sullivan, Larry
Hendrickson at Anza-Borrego State Park, Wayne Armstrong, Ranger
Mark Faull at Red Rock State Park, James Lightner, Hartmut Wisch, Jeff Greenhouse,
John Game, and Dr. Bruce Baldwin of the Jepson Herbarium.
I also want to thank the many people who have contacted me with
suggestions and corrections on identification and tips on where
to find certain species. I am especially grateful for the
unfailing generosity of my very good friend Tom Chester, who has
helped me immeasurably with identifications and with whom I have
spent many extremely pleasurable outings. I would be remiss
if I didn't thank most particularly my wife for graciously putting
up with my frequent and sometimes inconvenient absences. Additional
photos will be added more or less continuously. I am now
in the process of redoing the site (old
so enjoy it the way it is and return again later. Also,
please take a look at my other site, California
Plant Names: Latin and Greek Meanings and Derivations ,
and at some of the many fine
wildflower sites I have listed as links. Thanks for visiting.
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