Introduction to California Mountain Wildflowers


Many landscapes in California’s mountains are still relatively untouched by human activity and provide excellent opportunities for viewing wildflowers. This guidebook describes and illustrates the wildflowers that grow from the yellow pine belt up into the natural rock gardens that grow above timberline. First published in 1963, this convenient book has introduced thousands to California’s mountain wildflowers. Now fully updated and revised, it reflects the many advances in botany that have occurred in the past forty years.

  • 257 species are described and illustrated by a new color photograph, a precise line drawing, or both
  • Covers all of California’s mountain ranges—from the Klamath Mountains and Cascade Range to the north, through the Coast Ranges and the Sierra Nevada, to the peninsular ranges and San Bernardino mountains in southern California—as well as most of the mountain ranges in between
  • This new edition includes more plants, gives helpful hints for identifying species, and incorporates new taxonomic and distribution information
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Introduction to California Mountain Wildflowers

California Natural History Guides, revised edition

by Philip A. Munz; edited by Dianne Lake and Phyllis M. Faber.

Paperback, Revised, 258 pages. Published May 8th 2003 by University of California Press.

About the Author(s)

Philip A. Munz (1892-1974), of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, was Professor of Botany at Pomona College, serving as Dean for three years. Dianne Lake is Rare Plant Committee Co-chair and Unusual Plants Coordinator at the California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter. Phyllis M. Faber is General Editor of the California Natural History Guides.

“Presents information to help readers easily identify wildflowers, including either a drawing or a photograph of each wildflower discussed. A handy reference for outdoor enthusiasts.”–Better Homes and Gardens