San Diego County Native Plants. By
James Lightner. Third edition, February 2011. 428 pages with extensive index.
San Diego: San Diego Flora. Paperback
The third edition of San Diego
County Native Plants describes
more than 1,400 taxa of native and naturalized plants, including plants of
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Most guides treat the desert separately, but in
San Diego County so many species grow on both sides of the mountains that is is
difficult to separate them by geographic zones.
San Diego County is the most botanically diverse region in the United States,
with more than 2,200 native and naturalized taxa. San
Diego County Native Plants Third Edition provides
a comprehensive photographic guide to the flora of the region.
To allow non-botanists to distinguish plants by size rather than just scientific
classification, the book is divided in two parts - Part 1: Trees & Shrubs and
Part 2: Herbaceous Plants. Within these categories, the book is ordered
taxonomically by plant families.
The book is designed to be helpful to scientists and professionals who work in
the natural outdoor environment as well as hikers and amateur plant-enthusiasts.
The third edition includes the latest taxonomy from the 2011 edition of The Jepson
Manual, as well as a focus on rare and sensitive plants, listed by wildlife
The author, James Lightner, is a native of San Diego.
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