Plants of San Luis Obispo: Their Lives and Stories

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Abundant and widespread plants found surrounding San Luis Obispo city and western portions of the county.  The author wrote this book to impart the story of the area’s botanical wonders in the format of an easy-to-read natural history guidebook.  Encyclopedic in scope and full of interesting facts and stories, this comprehensive naturalist’s guide is a wonderful overview of a historically and botanically rich area. Over 150 full-color pages that describe the habitat, botany, ecology, edible or medicinal properties, uses by Native Americans, etymology, and gardening uses.

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Author: Dr. Matt Ritter

Photographs and descriptions of 206 species

“I wrote Plants of San Luis Obispo to impart the story of the area’s botanical wonders in the format of an easy-to-read natural history guidebook. This part of California boasts an impressive diversity of plants, with more than 1,300 different native species (more than in the entire state of Alaska) and countless other introduced weeds and horticultural plants. This book vividly portrays the beauty, diversity, and history of the abundant and widespread wild and weedy plants in the area surrounding the county of San Luis Obispo and western portions of the California Central Coast. There are over 150 full-color pages that describe the habitat, botany, ecology, edible or medicinal properties, uses by Native Americans, etymology, and gardening uses of more than 200 plants. Encyclopedic in scope and full of interesting facts and stories, this comprehensive naturalist’s guide is a wonderful overview of a historically and botanically rich area.”
– Dr. Ritter

 From the publisher:

This book tells the story of the area’s botanical wonders in the format of an easy-to-read natural history guidebook. This part of California boasts an impressive diversity of plants, with more than 1,300 different native species (more than in the entire state of Alaska) and countless other introduced weeds and horticultural plants. The book vividly portrays the beauty, diversity, and history of the abundant and widespread wild and weedy plants in the area surrounding the city of San Luis Obispo and western portions of the California Central Coast.

Matt Ritter’s succinct, non-technical prose is richly illustrated with the author’s photographs of landscapes, plants, and flowers. Over 150 full-color pages describe the habitat, botany, ecology, edible or medicinal properties, uses by Native Americans, etymology, and gardening uses of more than 200 plants. Encyclopedic in scope and full of interesting facts and stories, this comprehensive naturalist’s guide is a wonderful overview of a historically and botanically rich area.

Matt Ritter is a member of the Biological Sciences Department and Director of the Cal Poly Plant Conservatory at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He teaches courses in general biology, general botany, and plant diversity and ecology. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in biology from U.C. San Diego.

 

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