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California's fading wildflowers : lost legacy and biological invasions

Author: Richard A Minnich
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Spanish explorers in the late eighteenth century found springtime California covered with spectacular carpets of wildflowers from San Francisco to San Diego. Yet today, invading plant species have devastated this nearly forgotten botanical heritage. Richard A. Minnich's vividly detailed story synthesizes a wide array of sources - from the historic accounts of those early explorers to the writings of  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Minnich
ISBN: 9780520253537 0520253531
OCLC Number: 174112685
Description: xiv, 344 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The golden state --
Pre-Hispanic herbaceous vegetation --
Invasion of Franciscan annuals, grazing and California pasture in the nineteenth century --
A century for bromes and the fading of California wildflowers --
Lessons from the Rose Parade --
App.1. Location of Franciscan campsites, Franciscan place names, and modern place names --
App.2. Spanish plant names for California vegetation --
App.3. Selected earliest botanical collections of exotic annual species in California --
App.4. References to wildflowers in the Los Angeles Times, The Desert magazine, and the Riverside Press Enterprise.
Responsibility: Richard A. Minnich.
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Offers a historical analysis of the transformation of California's wildflower prairies. This book challenges the thinking on the subject, evaluating the hypothesis that perennial bunchgrasses were  Read more...

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