Flora of the Santa Monica Mountains

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The Santa Monica Mountains, one of the Transverse Ranges located in Southern California, are in the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion of the California Floristic Province.

This ecoregion, in Santa Monica Mountains, has two predominant ecosystems, with three primary plant communities:

Introduction[edit]

The Santa Monica Mountains are covered by hundreds of local plant species: some are endemic or very rare, some are beautiful California native plants in situ, and some also are familiar as horticultural ornamental and native garden plants. Each season has different plants predominating the visual experience.

A partial list of Plants seen in the Santa Monica Mountains:[1][2]

Native and non-native Flora[edit]

Monocotyledones[edit]


Dicotyledons[edit]


  • Trees
Acer macrophyllum - (Bigleaf Maple)
Alnus rhombifolia - (White Alder)
Juglans californica - (California Black Walnut)
Quercus agrifolia - (Coast Live Oak)
Quercus chrysolepis - (Canyon Live Oak)
Pinus sabiniana - (Digger Pine, Gray Pine)
Platanus racemosa - (California Sycamore)
Umbellularia Californica - (California Bay)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jepson Manual plant database
  2. ^ Additional References: see the following links and books.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Flora of the Santa Monica Mountains, California", Southern California Botanists; Peter H Raven.
  • "Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains", by Milt McAuley.
  • "Flowering Plants: The Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal and Chaparral Regions of Southern California", by Nancy Dale.
  • "Roadside Plants of Southern California", by Thomas J. Belzer.
  • "California Native Plants for the Garden", by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien; Cachuma Press, Los Olivos CA, 2005; ISBN 0-9628505-8-6 & ISBN 0-9628505-9-4.
  • "The Jepson Manual," James C Hickman, UC Press, ISBN 0-520-08255-9.


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