The Jepson Manual
The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, 2nd edition is the most recent edition of the classic botany text. "Bringing Jepson’s legacy into the 21st century, the new manual aims to describe 'all California taxa that occur in wildlands, regardless of how difficult to identify,' says convening editor Bruce Baldwin, curator of UC Berkeley’s Jepson Herbarium, named for the eminent early California botanist and Berkeley professor Willis Linn Jepson. In all, the second edition features 7,601 California plant species, subspecies and varieties."
While the book is named in honor of Jepson, The Jepson Manual is not simply a new edition of Jepson's 1923 book, but a new work which Baldwin calls "“the most time-consuming undertaking of my career." Like other scientific manuals, it builds upon prior publications; except for the number of line drawings, it has more in common with the prior standard manual, Phillip Munz's A California Flora and Supplement (1968) than with the 1923 book.
Botanists often refer to this book simply as "Jepson."
- 1923: Willis Linn Jepson
- 1968: Phillip Munz A California Flora and Supplement (1968)
- 1993: J.C. Hickman (editor) The Jepson Manual, Higher Plants of California
- 2012: Bruce Baldwin The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, 2nd edition
- "California native-plant classic gets a 21st-century makeover" by Cathy Cockrell, UC Berkeley News Center
- "California native-plant classic gets a 21st-century makeover"
- Jepson Manual website — with online version.
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