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  • Series: BFI Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520231732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520231733
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is most practical from a user's point of view, is taxonomically current and accurate, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in a field guide to the plants of this area."--Choice -- Review

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"Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region is a user-friendly guide with excellent photographs that fills an important need in the botanical community locally. A good guide for students and beginning nature lovers, though even sophisticated plant enthusiasts will consult it for its easy style and useful photos."—Frank Almeda, California Academy of Sciences

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Doe on January 10, 2007
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If you're into plant identification and you live in the Bay Area, this book is essential. Many of the keys are far easier than Jepson or Munz, and there is the enormous benefit that plants that don't grow in the Bay Area aren't there in the key to confuse you.

People who use this book should know that it is in some ways a work in progress. I took a class with Ms. Beidleman in 2006 and she frequently told us to cross out or re-word certain passages in the keys that were misleading. I don't think she has an estimate for when a new edition may come out--it could be a ways off.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. H. Nguyen on April 3, 2007
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The book is mostly composed of dichotomous keys with a good section of very nice photographs of most commonly encountered plants, covering many genera. It is a sizable book for the field and covers the SF Bay Area really well. The only thing I have to complain is that is doesn't have species descriptions and more pictures, but these are probably out of the scope of this book. It is a great buy and I do highly recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david morris on April 20, 2013
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most plant books have a key, and then a descriptive section for each plant which takes up most of the book. This is nothing but a key. No descriptions. Since using the key requires both flower and fruit, you would have to revisit the plant to catch both. It is pretty much useless. However, there is also an extensive collection of pictures.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Richardson on April 27, 2010
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So far i am trying to figure out how to find the cross references to the pictures and plant discriptions. the flowers should be organized according to color.
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