California’s Fading Wildflowers: Lost Legacy and Biological by Richard A. Minnich

By Richard A. Minnich

Early Spanish explorers within the past due eighteenth century chanced on springtime California coated with outstanding carpets of wildflowers from San Francisco to San Diego. but this present day, invading plant species have devastated this approximately forgotten botanical historical past. during this vigorous, vividly distinctive paintings, Richard A. Minnich synthesizes a special and wide-ranging array of sources—from the ancient bills of these early explorers to the writings of early American botanists within the 19th century, newspaper bills within the 20th century, and smooth ecological theory—to provide the main finished old research to be had of the dramatic transformation of California's wildflower prairies. whilst, his groundbreaking ebook demanding situations a lot present pondering at the topic, severely comparing the speculation that perennial bunchgrasses have been as soon as a dominant characteristic of California's panorama and as a substitute arguing that wildflowers stuffed this function. As he examines the alterations within the state's panorama over the last 3 centuries, Minnich brings new views to issues together with recovery ecology, conservation, and hearth administration in a ebook that may switch our of view of local California.

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