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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not for beginners
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...
Published on July 15, 2000

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OBSOLETE - Buy the new edition, just published!
OBSOLETE - Buy the new edition, just published! The revisions have been extensive, not only for species, but certain important plant families have been seriously re-defined. Recommend avoiding this old edition, even if someone gives you their copy for free.
http://www.amazon.com/Jepson-Manual-Vascular-California-Thoroughly/dp/0520253124/ref=pd_sim_b_1
Published on February 26, 2012 by L. Levine


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not for beginners, July 15, 2000
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This review is from: The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California (Hardcover)
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the uninitiated, January 12, 2001
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This book is an excellent botanical key listing a huge number of plants. It is not your average "audubon" guide, since it requires you to key out the plant in question using botanical systematics. Definitely a good reference book, but hard to use casually to find out what that tree is in your front yard!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference and Learning Guide, April 28, 2002
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This is an excellent guide. Very comprehensive, however you must have formal education in botany and plant ID in order to effectively use the guide to key plants to genus and or species. Not recommended for the average person. Just people who are plant nerds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the serious student of California natives, January 12, 2009
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This is the bible of California Natives. I have used it extensivly over the last 4 months with my native plant class. While the nomenclature and descriptions require upper division collegiate level command of English, the descriptions are excellent and the information is authoritative. There is an excellent section describing the various vegetation types and regions around the state. Do not expect a book with a lot of pretty pictures, this book is not that type - in fact the plants are pictured in line drawings (very well rendered by the way). It is organized by Family, so that the pines, firs, hemlocks, etc are in the same section of the book under Pinaceae. It is large and heavy - too large to take on a hike in the woods - unless you are looking for a good workout. It works best if used as a reference once you know the name of the plant. Also works well with online sources that refer to the Jepson Project - such as the USDA site. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New edition is out, but this book will always be a classic and a keeper, January 16, 2013
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I have this edition of the Jepson Manual and have used it in the field for years. I bought this copy to have a clean and pristine copy for my bookshelf.

If I ever tire of it as a source of botanical information, I can always use it as a doorstop.
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1.0 out of 5 stars OBSOLETE - Buy the new edition, just published!, February 26, 2012
This review is from: The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California (Hardcover)
OBSOLETE - Buy the new edition, just published! The revisions have been extensive, not only for species, but certain important plant families have been seriously re-defined. Recommend avoiding this old edition, even if someone gives you their copy for free.
http://www.amazon.com/Jepson-Manual-Vascular-California-Thoroughly/dp/0520253124/ref=pd_sim_b_1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, April 28, 2011
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This book is my bible. My only complaint is that the Poaceae section isn't that great. It's also difficult to take into the field, but doable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must have for plant people, July 7, 2014
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must have for plant people.this is the Manual for California
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book, September 4, 2013
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My son wanted his book, he majored in Forestry at Humboldt State and loves it. He no longer works in forestry but has a great interest in trees and plants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important publication. World class and important for anyone interested ..., September 2, 2014
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Important publication. World class and important for anyone interested in plants.
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