Philip A. Munz

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Philip Alexander Munz, botanist, taxonomist and educator (1892–1974), of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, was Professor of Botany at Pomona College, serving as Dean for three years.

Munz compiled the voluminous A California Flora with David D. Keck published by the University of California Press in 1959 and a supplement in 1968. Munz published A California Flora without any research support and with a relatively small subvention for publication to the University of California Press.

James Hickman, editor of the 1993 revisions of The Jepson Manual, writing in The Blazing Star (the newsletter of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society), Sept./Oct., 1993 states "Munz used a phylogenetic system which so far as I know has never been explained in print except for a statement on the inside of the front portion of the dust jacket, 'It abandons the conventional family order and attempts to follow that suggested by recent contributions from morphology and phylogeny.' Floras are not a place to introduce new phylogenetic systems. In Munz' 1974 A Flora of Southern California he saw the light and arranged the families alphabetically within major groups."

Munz also authored a series of popular plant guides, published by the UC Press, entitled the California Wildflower Books, for general readers interested in botany but untrained in taxonomy.

  • A California Flora and supplement 1959 & 1973 - P.A. Munz & D. D. Keck. UC Press - ISBN 0-520-02405-2
  • California Spring Wildflowers - 1961 University of California Press
  • California Desert Wildflowers - 1962 University of California Press
  • California Mountain Wildflowers - 1963 University of California Press
  • Shore Wildflowers of California, Oregon and Washington - 1964 University of California Press


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