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California's Fading Wildflowers: Lost Legacy and Biological Invasions

Richard Minnich


Early 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. The book synthesizes a unique and wide-ranging array of sources—from the historic accounts of those early explorers to the writings of early American botanists in the nineteenth century, newspaper accounts in the twentieth century, and modern ecological theory—to give the most comprehensive historical analysis available of the dramatic transf ... More

Keywords: Spanish explorers, California, wildflowers, botany, perennial bunchgrasses, restoration ecology, conservation, fire management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253537
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Minnich, author