Contrary to the self-limiting title, the scope of the book goes far beyond the confines of the Santa Monica Mountains as most plants in Southern California also live in those mountains.
Milt McAuley has brought together in this book all you might want to know about wildflowers of this mountain range. It is a readable approach to plant identification in the wild for the beginner or the professional botanist. The full color photographs are separated by color so that identification is easier. Many plants are also illustrated, making characteristic features readily apparent. The photographs are captioned with page numbers that refer to the written description. The index cross-references both common and technical names, lists plate number of the photograph, and page number of the plant description. An illustrated glossary of terms clarifies meanings for a beginning botanist.
496 color photographs