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California's Fading WildflowersLost Legacy and Biological Invasions$
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Richard Minnich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253537

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253537.001.0001

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A Century of Bromes and the Fading of California Wildflowers

A Century of Bromes and the Fading of California Wildflowers

(p.183) Chapter 4 A Century of Bromes and the Fading of California Wildflowers
California's Fading Wildflowers

Richard A. Minnich

University of California Press

The pinnacle for southern California wildflower lovers at the turn of the twentieth century was the famous poppy field of San Pasqual, the mesa that now hosts the suburbs of Pasadena and Altadena. The shrinking flower fields not only succumbed to land clearing, but also to the rapid expansion of new invasive European grasses beginning in the 1890. The most virulent of the new invaders were red brome and ripgut brome.

Keywords:   California wildflowers, poppy field, red brome, ripgut brome, land clearing

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