BOT 165: Plant Communities of California

San Jose State University

Lab pages:
Lab 1   (titled)   (untitled)
Coastal redwood forest
Lab 2   (titled)   (untitled)
Mixed evergreen forest &
closed cone conifer
Lab 3.1   (titled)   (untitled)
Lower montane mixed conifer forest
Lab 3.2   (titled)   (untitled)
Upper montane mixed conifer forest
Lab 4   (titled)   (untitled)
Mixed evergreen forest II
Lab 5   (titled)   (untitled)
Jasper ridge
Lab 6   (titled)   (untitled)
Foothill woodlands
Lab 7   (titled)   (untitled)
Lab 8   (titled)   (untitled)
Sage scrub
Lab 9   (titled)   (untitled)
Coastal dunes & marshes
Lab 10   (titled)   (untitled)
Lab 11   (titled)   (untitled)
Deserts, islands & coastal scrub
Quiz pages:
Fruits & cones Conifers Oaks & allies Shrubs

The mnemonic for opposite plants: Madcap Garry Buck's a lame monkey's wedge.

   Mad: Maple, ash, dogwood.
   cap: Caprifoliaceae (twinberry/honeysuckle, blue elderberry, snowberry).
   Garry: Garryaceae (coastal silk tassel).
   Buck: Buckeye.
   lame: Lamiaceae (the mint family, including black sage).
   monkey: sticky monkey flower.
   wedge: wedgeleaf ceanothus.

Useful links:
   Dr. Lambrecht's class page
   U.S. Forest Service "Silvics of North America": conifers hardwoods
   California botanical Latin name derivations
   Search for plants at

This website was built during Dr. Susan Lambrecht's BOT 165 class at San Jose State University. Here's Dr. Lambrecht posing on the stump of a giant sequoia at Calaveras Big Trees State Park:

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