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Introduction to California Soils and Plants: Serpentine, Vernal Pools, and Other Geobotanical Wonders (California Natural History Guides #86)
Carnivorous pitcher plants, pygmy conifers, and the Tiburon jewel flower, restricted to a small patch of serpentine soil on Tiburon Peninsula in Marin County, are just a few of California's many amazing endemic plants—species that are unique to particular locales. California boasts an abundance of endemic plants precisely because it also boasts the richest geologic diversi ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 17th 2006 by University of California Press
(first published August 1st 2006)
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Jan 18, 2016 Scott Cox rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Arthur Kruckeberg is noted for his captivation with the "kooky soils" of California, especially the effect of nickel-rich, nutrient-poor serpentine rocks on plant life. Key words in this study are "endemic" (plants only found in the California floristic province), "geodaphic" (geological soils and landforms impact on plant life) and "neo-Darwinism" (concept of natural selection linked with hereditary/genetic variability). The sum total of these terms is that there are geological or landform "isl ...more
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