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Overall, a long-awaited and very useful book with keys to all taxa in the mountain range. The keys include opening ones to families, then, within the families, to genus, species and lower taxa where appropriate. The families, genera and species are arranged alphabetically which is now common and helpful. The taxonomy is apparently based on The Jepson Manual (2012), with a couple of stated updates. There are opening discussions and photos of broad plant communities and photos of a few rare plants. Otherwise there are no photos or illustrations of any plants in the remaining 300 or so pages.
We hope you will join us for our June monthly gathering - a Zoom presentation by Orlando Mistretta, author of the book Field Guide to the Flora of the San Gabriel Mountains. It will take place on June 24 at 7:30 pm.
2020 was a year of many difficulties, most of which were a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people were directly affected by the virus, including some of our members. The growing availability of vaccines provides hope of return to normal, but we know that this will not happen for quite some time. So, we expect to stick with online meetings and avoid field trips for much of 2021.
My relationship with the native plants of California, and especially those of Los Angeles County goes way back, but we haven’t always been so close. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and I have been hiking in the local mountains for as long as I can remember. While the aromas of various species of Salvia and Artemisia and other plants of the scrub and the chaparral spark vital memories for me, I could not have necessarily identified them until much more recently. In fact, despite being both an avid hiker and gardener, for the longest time I was only vaguely aware of many of the key plants of our local ecosystems.