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In his Field Guide to the Flora of the San Gabriel Mountains, Orlando Mistretta pulls together both historical and current information on what is growing in the 700,000 acres of mountainous terrain that form the backdrop of the Los Angeles Basin. Although much is known about the plants of the San Gabriel Mountains, Mistretta’s field guide is a comprehensive compilation, a sort of one-stop-shop flora of a region that is both remote and sometimes inaccessible, while also being right next to one of the world’s most densely populated urban centers.
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.