Botany -- California
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
Text-only version for printing
Web Site Links
General Web Sites
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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.
This Web site covers native plant
information, sources, demonstrations and gardens in the local San Gabriel
Valley and surrounding areas.
Contains a guide that explains the principals of Xeriscape, or water
conserving landscaping. The term Xeriscape was coined by a Colorado environmental planner and therefore
this site has a Colorado focus, but the principles are pertinent to
Southern California's dry climate.
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.
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
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
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
A nursery in Menifee, California that specializes in
California native plants.
Provides a list of nurseries in California.
The following books can be located in the
Rio Hondo College Library.
A manual of the flowering plants of
Call number: Ref QK149.J54
Suggested Subject Headings
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