Books About Our Local Flora
RECOMMENDED LIST FOR LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS
IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
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Original may be purchased by sending a check for $4.00 payable to "CNPS" to: CNPS
3908 Mandeville Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Call (310) 472-0624 for rush delivery.
The Coastal Commission continues to require it for all coastal construction.
Rosi Dagit Illustrations by Gretta Allison.
This sweet little children's book tells the tale of a great oak that has been standing watch on a ridge in
Topanga State Park for over 200 years, from the time of the Tongva Indians through the Spanish rancheros
to today's visitors. Each page spread is beautifully illustrated in black and white. Roberts Rinehart Publishers.
1996 32 pp, 8" x 6" Retail $6.95
FLOWERING PLANTS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
by CNPS Fellow and past Santa Monica Mountains chapter president Nancy Dale.
Originally published by our chapter in 1986 (and revised and reprinted in 1999),
this beautiful 239 page paperback with color photographs by CNPS members and line illustrations
by Marianne D. Wallace describes 249 commonly encountered species of the Santa Monica Mountains,
coastal and chaparral regions of southern California. This book was made possible through a grant
from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, an agency of the State of California, which was created to acquire
lands and provide programs within the Santa Monica Mountains. All proceeds from this book are being used for
educational and interpretive materials within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS FOR SCHOOL GARDENS
by Betsey Landis.
Designed to answer questions from teachers, parents and students about
planning and planting a native plant garden at a school site.
Available as pdf download only.
FLORA OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
by Peter H. Raven, Henry J. Thompson and Barry A. Prigge.
Southern California Botanists Special Publication No. 2. This second edition is a must for anyone with a serious interest in the plants of our mountains. Plant communities are described, literature is cited, and a glossary is included which makes this key describing 888 species convenient to use. However, there are no plant illustrations. Available at Santa Monica College.
KEY TO COASTAL AND CHAPARRAL FLOWERING PLANTS
by Barbara J. Collins. 249 pages.
This handy key divides flowering plants into trees and shrubs; herbaceous dicots; composites; vines, parasites and climbing plants; cacti; and monocots. Each plant is illustrated. There is a discussion about collecting, preserving and mounting plants and a section that illustrates and describes the characters of leaves, flowers, and fruits.
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS FLORA
A Checklist by Bob Muns.
This very handy 8" x 6" 41-page checklist includes over 850 species found in the Santa Monica Mountains as of 1983 in family/alphabetical order. Information for each species includes habitat, whether introduced or native, and blooming months. Also includes index by family, genus, and common name, along with counts of how many species are found within each. Bob has also produced checklists for the following particular areas: Malibu Creek, Topanga, Leo Carillo, and Point Mugu State Parks; Charmlee County Park, and Paramount Ranch.
PLANT COMMUNITIES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
edited by June Latting.
CNPS Symposium Proceedings. Special Publication No.2. 1976.
WILDFLOWERS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
by Milt McAuley.
Canyon Publishing Co. 1985 .
NATIVE SHRUBS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
by Peter H. Raven.
University of California Press. 1970. 132-pp.
NATIVE TREES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
by P. Victor Peterson.
University of California Press. 1970. l36-pp.
THE CALIFORNIA CHAPARRAL – An Elfin Forest
by W. S. Head.
Naturegraph Publishers. 1972. 96-pp.