Botany -- California     [Text-only version for printing]     [back to graphical version]
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links

General Web Sites
Sponsored by southern California water agencies, this Web site is an excellent source of information about drought-tolerant gardening.  It contains a Gardening Guide, a FAQ for California native plants, and a "Native Knowledge" telephone hotline.

California Native Plant Society
This Web site covers native plant information, sources, demonstrations and gardens in the local San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

Las Pilitas Nursery
Excellent web site that contains sections on: garden design, California Plants-The Native Plant Catalog, How-to-do-Garden Ideas, and "Class Notes".   Includes many photographs of California native plants.

Wildflowers of Southern California
Contains "photographs of wildflowers of the Southern California chaparral, desert, mountains, and north coast indexed according to scientific, common, or family names."  It also links to a collection of indexed photographs of California garden flowers.  The "External Resources" link lists and links to numerous databases of plants of California.

Plants Database    

National Plant Data Center
This Web site is produced by the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. The home page provides a link; “Students”, to sources for plant and conservation information. In addition to the link for students this Web site serves as a gateway to three valuable sources of plant information:

Plants Database
This is a comprehensive collection of information about plants in the United States. You can search by “Scientific Name, Common Name, or Symbol”. There are over 16,000 images species, abstracts, plants symbols, plant growth data, and a plant guide.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Technical Note Release
“… Produced by the NPDC ethnobotany office, this is the first in a series providing step-by-step guidance on how to delve into our rich human past and reconstruct historic land use and management practices in different landscapes, using examples from California.”


Cal-Native Plants
A nursery in Menifee, California that specializes in California native plants.

Plant Native
Provides a list of nurseries in California.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

A manual of the flowering plants of California
Call  number: Ref QK149.J54

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:




Plant communities--California

Plant ecology--California

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Cadillac desert : Mulholland's dream
Call number: Video 001089
Cadillac Desert relates the story of the epic quest for water and the role it has played in the transformation of the American West. This episode tells of William Mulholland's search for water for the people of Los Angeles. Superintendent of the L.A. water system in 1913, he found a solution to the problem in a remote valley 250 miles to the north. After the city secured water rights to the valley's Owens River, he spent 6 years building an aqueduct across the Mojave Desert. The program also recalls the shady land speculations behind the deal, how northern ranchers fought back, and the great disaster that destroyed his dream.

To quench a thirst : the California water crisis
Call number: Video 000999
Presents a comprehensive look at critical water resource issues in California.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample search below is from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SU(botany) AND GEO(california)

Researched and evaluated by:
A. Enright, Librarian 2/2005
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 5/2010

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