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A Century of Bromes and the Fading of California Wildflowers

Richard A. Minnich

in California's Fading Wildflowers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253537
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934337 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253537.003.0004
A Century of Bromes and the Fading of California Wildflowers

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The pinnacle for southern California wildflower lovers at the turn of the twentieth century was the famous poppy field of San Pasqual, the mesa that now hosts the suburbs of Pasadena and Altadena. The shrinking flower fields not only succumbed to land clearing, but also to the rapid expansion of new invasive European grasses beginning in the 1890. The most virulent of the new invaders were red brome and ripgut brome.

Keywords: California wildflowers; poppy field; red brome; ripgut brome; land clearing

Chapter.  27965 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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