California’s Fading Wildflowers
Lost Legacy and Biological Invasions
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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List of Tables
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The inspiration for this book ma!- have been a glimpse down frorn a com- mercial jet of radiant golden hillsides of California poppies at Lake Elsi- nose in 2001 that will forever stick to memory. It was the finest outbreak of wildflowers in coastal southern California since the 1q60s, and my first experience with hillside splashes of color, having gto~vn up in Long ...
1. The Golden State
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No poet 11~s !-et sung the full hcauty of our popp~; no painter h~c successfully portrayed the satiny sheen of it lustrous petals, no scientist h'is satisfactoril!- diagnosed the vagaries of its California is historically and metaphorically symbolized as the "Golden State" in tribute to the gold rush of 1849, but for many living in the state ...
2. Pre-Hispanic Herbaceous Vegetation
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...'1s fertile ,~nd beautiful as the regions beyond of this channel, seen, while here, on the contrar!; fields as verdant as they are An investigation into the transformation of the herbaceous ~qetation of California must begin by asking a simple question: what was the abo- riginal herhnceous cover, i.e., what \vas displaced hv modern exotic an- ...
3. Invasion of Franciscan Annuals, Grazing, and California Pasture in the Nineteenth Century
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...one end of it to the other, a dist,~nce of 400 miles, your toot tall stalks nere abole the I tier's heads, and mlde, as ~t \\ere. The dellberate rntroductlon of E~uopean arlnu,ll glasses and forbs b~ the Frmc~scan nilsslonaries began an extra or dinar^ transfoiination of the Call- fornl'i herbaceous flora, which is an ongolng process. In evplalning the ...
4. A Century of Bromes and the Fading of California Wildflowers
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...rapidit\; and in a very few years large patches of either could 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. Citizens of Los Angeles annually visited this landmark by rail every spring from the early ...
5. Lessons from the Rose Parade
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Saunder's praise of the Califosnia poppy is truly historic, as this flower- that formed brilliant carpets throughout the state only two centuries ago, and annually drew weekend tourist crowds to the valleys and deserts only 'VUI an a half century ago-is so rare that Governor Reagan in 1977- be, initiative to set up a poppy reserve that eventually came to pass in the ...
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Appendix 1. Location of Franciscan campsites, Franciscan place names, and modern place names
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Appendix 2. Spanish plant names for California vegetation
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Appendix 3. Selected earliest botanical collections of exotic annual species in California
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Appendix 4. References to wildflowers in the Los Angeles Times, The Desert Magazine, and the Riverside Press Enterprise
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Production Notes, Back Cover
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Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2008