Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States (California Natural History Guides)

Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States (California Natural History Guides)


Oak apples, honeydew and ambrosia galls, witches’ brooms, and fasciations—all are sorts of plant galls, a normally saw, but little-understood botanical phenomenon. frequently attractive and peculiar, galls are growths of varied shapes, sizes, and colours produced by way of host crops in keeping with invading organisms. This consultant, a trove of common background lore, explores this hidden realm, taking a desirable examine the realm of plant galls, the organisms that begin them, their host vegetation, and their problematic behaviors. concentrating on local bushes and shrubs, but in addition discussing a number of galls that ensue on herbaceous and decorative crops, it illuminates the advanced interrelationship among botany and entomology and magnifies our knowledge of plant groups within the West.

* Identifies greater than three hundred species of galls—95 on oaks, 22 on individuals of the rose relatives, 60 desolate tract species, and 35 species which are new to science

* Describes plant galls from coastal dunes, the excessive Sierra, the good Basin, forests through the western states, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts

* comprises info on host choice, development and improvement, predator and parasite protection, and animal and human makes use of of galls

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