PLANT COMMUNITIES OF CALIFORNIA
AS SEEN IN MARIN COUNTY
DATE OF FIELD TRIP: Saturday, 22 May 2004, Conducted by Rudolf
Schmid under the auspices of the University
of California Botanical Garden, University of California, Berkeley.
PERSPECTIVE: The purpose of this field trip is to examine the
plant communities that occur along an itinerary traveled between Berkeley
and the Pacific Ocean bordering the Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin
County, California. We will actually walk in the following communities,
as visited at six stops (Note: Stops #3-#6 are in the Point
Reyes National Seashore.):
We will also identify many of the dominant and/or conspicuous plant components
of these communities.
1: Riparian Woodland and especially Redwood Forest, Samuel P. Taylor
2: Coastal Closed-cone Coniferous Forest (unburnt), on hill just
before the entrance to the Point Reyes National Seashore northwest of Inverness
3: Coastal Salt Marsh, at head of Schooner Bay
4: Coastal Beach and Dune, North Beach
5: Freshwater Marsh, Northern Coastal Scrub, and Northern Coastal
Prairie, Drakes Beach
6: Coastal Closed-cone Coniferous Forest (burnt October 1995), Limantour
Road trailheads for Bayview and Inverness Ridge Trails
While in the vehicles we will also pass some of these eight plant communities
and, additionally, drive by these communities: Intertidal-Subtidal; Northern
Mixed Evergreen Forest; Chaparral; Annual Grassland; Artificial Grassland;
Vernal Pool. We thus will see all of the coastal or near-coastal communities
in central and northern California except Oak Woodland (specifically Northern
Oak Woodland). Incidentally, Shuford & Timossi (1989) discuss twelve
plant communities that occur naturally in Marin County.
READING: Some of these items can be purchased at the Point Reyes
National Seashore headquarters (Point Reyes Station, CA 94056, 415/663-1092)
as well as from the website for the Point
Reyes National Seashore Association.
Anonymous. 1996. Jepson manual changes to "Marin flora" plant names.
Point Reyes: Point Reyes National Seashore. 19 pp., unill. [Update to Howell
Beidleman, L. H. & E. N. Kozloff. 2003. Plants of the San Francisco
Bay region: Mendocino to Monterey. 2nd ed. University of California
Press, Berkeley. x, 504,  pp., ill., 64 pp. pls. (col.), text ill. (B&W).
[Ed. 1 1994 by Kozloff & Beidleman, iii, [ii], 332 pp., 110 pp. pls.
(64 col., 46 B&W), text ill. (B&W).]
Evens, J. G. 1993. The natural history of the Point Reyes Peninsula.
Rev. ed. Point Reyes: National Seashore Association. xii, 224 pp., ill.
[Ed. 1 1988, xiii, 226 pp. Chap. 3, pp. 42-71, on plant communities; pp.
189-197 a list of selected plants.]
Fellers, G. M., V. Norris & W. Follette. 1990. Point Reyes National
Seashore plant checklist. Point Reyes: Point Reyes National Seashore.
42 pp., unill.
Ferris, R. S. 1970. Flowers of Point Reyes National Seashore. Berkeley:
University of California Press. [vi], 119 pp., ill. (B&W).
Hickman, J. C. (ed.). 1993. The Jepson manual: Higher plants of California.
Berkeley: University of California Press. xvii, 1400,  pp., ill. (B&W,
1 p. col.), col. ep. maps. [Also Mar. 1996 "third printing with corrections."]
Holbrook, K. H. & E. Ptak (ed.). 1996. Wildflowers of Point Reyes
National Seashore. Point Reyes Station: Point Reyes National Seashore
Association. [ii], 21,  pp., ill. (col.). [Color photos of 60 taxa.]
Howell, J. T. 1970. Marin flora: Manual of the flowering plants and
ferns of Marin County, California. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of
California Press. ix, 366 pp., 24 pp. pls. (B&W), text ill. (B&W).
[A mere reprint of the original 1949 ed., with added 42-p. 1969 supplement
(incorporating over 350 entries). For update see Anonymous 1996 and Howell
et al. 1981.]
Howell, J. T., G. H. True & C. Best. 1981. Notes on Marin County plants
1970-1980. Four seasons 6(3):3-18. [Update for Howell 1970.]
Keator, G. 2002. Introduction to trees of the San Francisco Bay Region.
University of California Press, Berkeley (series:
history guides, 65). [viii], 251 pp., ill. (most col.).
Lyons, K. & M. B. Cooney-Lazaneo. 1988. Plants of the coast redwood
region. [2nd ed.] Boulder Creek: Looking Press. [iii], viii, 197 pp.,
ill. (most col.).
Moyer, A. 1999. Wildflowers of Marin County. San Anselmo: Ross Valley
Community for Schools. 91.5x61.0cm col. poster. [Ross Valley School District,
Box 2, San Anselmo, CA 94979; 415-721-1555. A beautiful poster depicting
65 common species (46 di-, 19 monocotyledonous) in 55 genera (40 di-, 15
mono-) and 28 families (25 di-, 3 mono-).]
Munz, P. A. 2003. Introduction to shore wildflowers of California, Oregon,
and Washington. Rev. ed. Ed. by P. M. Faber & D. Lake. University
of California Press, Berkeley (series: California natural history guides,
67). xi, [i], 234,  pp., ill. (B&W, col.). [Ed. 1 1964, as Shore
wildflowers of California, Oregon, and Washington, [v], 122 pp.]
Ornduff, R. 2003. Introduction to California plant life. Rev. ed.
Rev. by P. M. Faber & T. Keeler-Wolf [cover authorship as Ornduff,
Faber & Keeler-Wolf]. University of California Press, Berkeley (series:
natural history guides, 69). xvi, 341 pp., ill. (most col.). [Ed. 1
1974 (series: Idem, 35), [iv], 152 pp., 16 pp. pls. (col.), text
Roos-Collins, M. 1990. The flavors of home: A guide to wild edible plants
of the San Francisco Bay Area. Berkeley: Heyday Books. xv, 224 pp.,
Schoenherr, A. A. 1992. A natural history of California. Berkeley:
University of California Press (series: California natural history guides,
56) ("A centennial book"). xi, 772 pp., 16 pp. pls. (col.), text ill. (B&W).
Shuford, W. D. & I. C. Timossi. 1989. Plant communities of Marin
County. Sacramento: California Native Plant Society (series:
publication no. 10, California Native Plant Society). 32 pp., ill.
Smith, D. 2004. Plant.
communities of Marin County. Website (Accessed Apr. 2004).
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