Of the mountains of southern California, the San Bernardino Mountain Range is the most diverse, with over 1,600 species of native plants. Mojave Desert Wildflowers presents 350 to 400 plant species of the San Bernardino Mountains, including all of the dominant species and plants that casual observers are likely to notice. Much more information is given about how to distinguish less common species from the more widespread ones. Most of the common and dominant species of the San Bernardino Range also occur in the San Gabriel and San Jacinto Ranges, so there is ample coverage of those ranges and Mojave Desert Wildflowers will prove useful in those areas as well. Mojave Desert Wildflowers should please the plant enthusiast and botanist alike, for it also contains detailed accounts of the many unique species endemic to the Big Bear region, and for which the region is biologically famous and named as a 'biodiversity hotspot'.
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Pam MacKay has been exploring the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains for the past 20 years as a hiker, camper and photographer, especially of native plants. She has also been a botanical consultant for some of the carbonate mines on the northeastern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains and has led numerous botanical field trips for her college classes and the California Native Plant Society. She is the author of Mojave Desert Wildflowers, a Falcon Guide, which is by far the most popular field guide to the Mojave and is widely used by wildflower enthusiasts and professional botanists alike. She is a full-time professor at Victor Valley College, where she teaches microbiology, cell biology, population and environmental biology, and tropical natural history courses.
Tim Thomas has over 30 years of experience working as a field biologist in southern California. He has conducted surveys on all eight California Channel Islands, the South Coast, the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges from Santa Cruz to San Diego Counties, the deserts, and the eastern Sierra, including the Inyo and White Mountains. He has worked as a field biologist for a variety of organizations and agencies, including The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the California Native Plant Society.