Published in 2013. This wonderful wildflower identification guide includes nearly 700 species of plants and over 2,000 photographs. The book also includes photographs of about 150 species of insects that are either pollinators or otherwise use these wildflowers. Each account includes a description, key characters, and similar species written in mostly non-technical language. Also included is information on where the plants are found and can be seen. The focus is on Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains but has wide application across cismontane southern California from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. A must for hikers, budding naturalists, and professionals.
by Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. 500 pages. Laguna Wilderness Press. 2013.