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A Flora of San Nicolas Island by Steve Junak

New Garden publication: Steve Junak's most recent contribution to our knowledge of the Channel Islands is a comprehensive flora of "San Nic."

March 1, 2008

A Flora of San Nicolas Island by Steve Junak
San Nicolas Island is the most remote of the eight California Channel Islands. Located 61 miles out to sea, its wild and rugged landscape is home for almost 300 plant taxa. Steve Junak's most recent contribution to our knowledge of the Channel Islands is a comprehensive flora of "San Nic." This meticulous volume is the product of decades of research on the island and joins earlier volumes on which Steve was lead author: A Flora of Santa Cruz Island , A Revised Flora of Santa Barbara Island , and A Checklist of Vascular Plants of Channel Islands National Park. It contains comprehensive keys to all taxa of vascular plants on the island and is thoroughly illustrated by botanical illustrator Linda Ann Vorobik. Each taxon is annotated with size, dates of flowering, geographic and ecological distribution, and any known uses by Native American inhabitants of the island. The lengthy introduction provides a detailed summary of the habitat and biological resources as well as in depth histories of land use and botanical exploration.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has a history of detailed botanical study of the Channel Islands dating back to the 1930s. Beginning in the 1960s E. R. "Jim" Blakley, Michael Benedict, and former director Ralph Philbrick renewed the Garden's emphasis on botany of the Channel Islands with extensive collecting, and today the Garden's herbarium contains a premier collection of vascular plants, as well as lichens, of the islands. Junak's A Flora of San Nicolas Island is the latest contribution to this long legacy of scientific research at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.