Yosemite is one of the crown jewels of our national park system. Although the park is most famous for its magnificent peaks, domes, and waterfalls, it is also a treasure trove of wildflowers due to its incredible diversity of plant habitats and its extensive elevation range.
This is the first comprehensive Yosemite wildflower guide that's small enough to fit in a book bag. Yosemite Wildflowers was designed to help people identify almost all the wildflowers that grow in Yosemite. The only flowering plant categories not included are grasses, sedges, and rushes, along with trees and shrubs that have inconspicuous flowers.
Over a thousand species of wildflowers are covered in the book, either individually or in similar plants sections. The plants are organized first by flower color and then alphabetically by family. Flowering time, habitat, vegetation zone, and elevation range are provided, and interesting information is included for many of the plants. Yosemite Wildflowers provides a glossary of botanical terms, a general index, and a family index. The family index lists all the plants covered in the book in alphabetical order by family.
Husband and wife team Barry and Judy Breckling are wildflower enthusiasts and photographers, having catalogued and photographed hundreds of varieties for the Berkeley Natural History Museum (5,000 of their photographs can be found on the CalPhotos website). In 2014, they released an app for identifying nearly 600 different wildflowers found in the Yosemite Valley. They currently reside in the Sierra Nevada foothills in California.