The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California
First published in 1925, Willis Linn Jepson’s Manual of the Flowering Plants of California has been a standard reference for teachers, students, and naturalists. Since that time, hundreds of new species have been identified and botanical investigation has become more sophisticated. Now Jepson’s philosophy of making such information available to all is again realized in this new volume, which includes a wealth of material accumulated over the past decades.
With contributions from two hundred botanists across North America, this is the most comprehensive resource and identification guide to nearly eight thousand varieties of native and naturalized California plants. The means to identify plants (using key traits and illustrations) is accompanied by special information such as horticultural requirements, endangerment, toxicity, weed status, and notes on the management of sensitive species. Identification keys have been designed for ease of use, and terms have been simplified and illustrated, making the new Manual the most authoritative field guide for the expert and amateur alike.
From the Inside Flap
"More information is packed into one volume that will be useful to a wider audience than any other manual of this kind yet published in the history of botany."–David L. Magney, The California Native Plant Society
"A single work . . . simultaneously accessible to dedicated beginners and indispensable to professional botanists. . . . For the first time in one volume a user-friendly flora of the exceedingly diverse higher plants of California."–Mildred E. Mathias, editor of Flowering Plants in the Landscape
"Allows amateurs and professionals alike to easily and accurately identify plant species. . . . A product that will contribute in a major way to the preservation of California’s unique floral resource. Our gratitude and congratulations for a job well done."–Phyllis Faber, Editor, Fremontia
"Sets new standards for excellence . . . and picks up beautifully on the contemporary idea that botanical work should be fully accessible to the general public as well as to scientists."–Peter H. Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden
"Precise and accurate, a masterpiece of clarity and succinctness."–G. Ledyard Stebbins, University of California, Davis
From the Back Cover
"More information is packed into one volume that will be useful to a wider audience than any other manual of this kind yet published in the history of botany." (David L. Magney, The California Native Plant Society)
About the Editor(s)
Willis Linn Jepson was a leader in the movement to document and preserve California’s environmental and botanical riches, founding the California Botanical Society in 1915 and helping to establish both the Sierra Club and the Save-the-Redwoods League. On his death in 1946, he endowed the Jepson Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley.
Excellent, but not for beginners, July 15, 2000
This is an excellent book covering thousands of species of flowering plants of California. The book does contain a brief introduction to keying plants and a glossary of plant terms, but despite these features, I believe that the beginner would find this book difficult to use. It’s size and complexity can be intimidating, and without color pictures (which aren’t always accurate, but helpful for the beginner) it can be a frustrating experience for the novice.