Fallbrook Land Conservancy

Pocket Field Guide

Plants & Wildlife of
Fallbrook and San Diego

Additional Information
Updates and Corrections
Included Species, With Scientific Names


The Field Guide to Plants and Wildlife of Fallbrook and San Diego is a pocket field guide to plants, animals and birds that exist in the Fallbrook area. The field guide was designed and produced by the Trails Committee of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy in October 2000. The guide is laminated and folds to fit in a pocket (3.5" x 8.5").

A special feature of this guide is that it is a work of art as well as a useful guide, as the illustrations have been provided by local artists Gamini Ratnavira, Toni Inman and Kathleen Sofia Gee. The guide includes a trail map of the Santa Margarita River trail as well.

The purpose of this webpage is to provide more information about the plants and wildlife (such as the scientific species names for the plants and butterflies) than could be fit within the confines of the printed Field Guide, and to disseminate any updates or corrections found after the guide went to press.

There are seven panels on each side, one for butterflies; five for trees, shrubs, vines and wildflowers; three for birds; two for mammals and reptiles; one for a map of the Santa Margarita River public trails; one for the cover; and one for information about the Fallbrook Land Conservancy preserves, Santa Margarita River Organizations, and artist information.

See also a low-resolution scan of the full cover.

The guide is sold at Land Conservancy-sponsored events, and for $10 plus tax at these locations:

All are in Fallbrook, CA 92028.

To obtain a copy of this guide by mail, send a check for $11 payable to "Fallbrook Land Conservancy Trails" ($10 for the guide and $1 for shipping and handling to U.S. addresses) to:

  Fallbrook Land Conservancy Field Guide
c/o Joe Comella
974 Via Hillview
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Email Joe Comella (jcomella AT comella.net) if you wish to sell the brochures at your location (replace the AT with the normal email symbol).

Additional Information



Updates and Corrections

Trail Map:




Included Species, With Scientific Names

Mammals and Reptiles
Shrubs, Vines and Wildflowers

Scientific names for birds, mammals and reptiles will be given soon.


Scientific names for birds, mammals and reptiles will be given soon.

Common NameScientific Name
Acorn Woodpecker 
American Coot 
American Crow 
American Kestrel 
Anna's Hummingbird 
Barn Owl 
Barn Swallow 
Belted Kingfisher 
Bewicks Wren 
Black Phoebe 
Black-Chinned Hummingbird 
Black-Crowned Night-Heron 
Bullock's Oriole 
California Quail 
California Thrasher 
California Towhee 
Canyon Wren 
Cassin's Kingbird 
Chipping Sparrow 
Cliff Swallow 
Common Raven 
Common Yellowthroat 
Cooper's Hawk 
Costa's Hummingbird 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Great Blue Heron 
Great Egret 
Great Horned Owl 
Greater Roadrunner 
Hooded Oriole 
House Finch 
House Wren 
Lesser Goldfinch 
Mourning Dove 
Northern Flicker 
Northern Mockingbird 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 
Nuttall's Woodpecker 
Oak Titmouse 
Red-Shouldered Hawk 
Red-Tailed Hawk 
Red-Winged Blackbird 
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet 
Rufous Hummingbird 
Say's Phoebe 
Snowy Egret 
Song Sparrow 
Spotted Towhee 
Turkey Vulture 
Violet-green Swallow 
Western Bluebird 
Western Kingbird 
Western Screech Owl 
Western Scrub-Jay 
White-Breasted Nuthatch 
White-Crowned Sparrow 
White-Tailed Kite 
Yellow breasted Chat 
Yellow Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 


Common NameScientific Name
Anise SwallowtailPapilio zelicaon
BuckeyeJunonia coenia
Cabbage WhiteArtogeia rapae
California DogfaceZerene eurydice
Giant SwallowtailHeraclides cresphontes
Lorquin's AdmiralBasilarchia lorquini
Mourning CloakNymphalis antiopa
Western Tiger SwallowtailPterourus rutulus

Mammals and Reptiles

Scientific names for birds, mammals and reptiles will be given soon.

Common NameScientific Name
Alligator Lizard 
California Ground Squirrel 
California Treefrog 
Common Kingsnake 
Desert Cottontail 
Gopher Snake 
Granite Spiny Lizard 
Gray Fox 
Long-tailed Weasel 
Mountain Lion 
Orange-Throated Whiptail 
Pacific Treefrog 
Red Diamond Rattlesnake 
Side-Blotched Lizard 
Spotted Skunk 
Striped Racer 
Striped Skunk 
Virginia Opossum 
Western Fence Lizard 
Western Pond Turtle 
Western Rattlesnake 
Western Skink 
Western Toad 

Shrubs, Vines and Wildflowers

Common NameScientific Name
Bigberry ManzanitaArctostaphylos glauca
Black SageSalvia mellifera
Blue DicksDichelostemma capitatum
Blue-Eyed GrassSisyrinchium bellum
Bush MallowMalacothamnus fasciculatus
Bush Monkey FlowerMimulus aurantiacus
Butter and EggsLinaria genistifolia
California BuckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum
California Bush SunflowerEncelia californica
California FuschiaEpilobium canum
California PoppyEschscholzia californica
California SagebrushArtemesia californica
California Scrub OakQuercus dumosa
ChamiseAdenostoma fasciculatum
CheckerbloomSidalcea malvaeflora
ChiaSalvia columbariae
Chinese HousesCollinsia heterophylla
Collar LupineLupinus truncatus
DeerweedLotus scoparius
DodderCuscuta sp.
EverlastingGnaphalium bicolor
Fiesta FlowerPholistoma auritum
Globe LilyCalochortus albus
Golden YarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum
Ground PinkLinanthus dianthiflorus
Heart-Leaved PenstemonKeckiella cordifolia
Hoaryleaf CeanothusCeanothus crassifolius
Hollyleaf RedberryRhamus ilicifolia
HoneysuckleLonicera subspicata
Hooker's Evening PrimroseOenothera hookeri
Indian PaintbrushCastilleja affinis
Laurel SumacMalosma laurina
Leafy DaisyErigeron foliosus
Live-ForeverDudleya pulverulenta
Matchweed (Snakeweed)Gutierrezia sarothrae
Miner's LettuceClaytonia perfoliata
Morning-GloryCalystegia macrostegia
Mountain MahoganyCercocarpus betuloides
Mule FatBaccharis salicifolia
MustardBrassica nigra
Our Lord's CandleYucca whipplei
Owl's CloverCastilleja exserta
Poison OakToxicodendron diversilobum
Popcorn FlowerPlagiobothrys nothofulvus
Prickly PearOpuntia sp.
Ramona LilacCeanothus tomentosus
Sacred DaturaDatura wrightii
San Diego PeaLathyrus vestitus variety alefeldii
Sand VerbenaAbronia umbellata
Scarlet Monkey FlowerMimulus cardinalis
Shooting StarDodecatheon clevelandii
Splendid Mariposa LilyCalochortus splendens
Squaw BushRhus trilobata
Sugar BushRhus ovata
Sun CupCamissonia californica
Sweet FennelFoeniculum vulgare
TarweedHemizonia fasciculata
Telegraph WeedHeterotheca grandiflora
ToyonHeteromeles arbutifolia
Tree TobaccoNicotiana glauca
Virgin's BowerClematis ligusticifolia
White Flowering CurrantRibes indecorum
White NightshadeSolanum douglasii
White SageSalvia apiana
Wild Canterbury BellPhacelia minor
Wild CucumberMarah macrocarpus
Wild GrapeVitis girdiana
Wild RadishRaphanus sativus
Wild RoseRosa californica
Wine Cup ClarkiaClarkia purpurea
Yellow Mariposa LilyCalochortus weedii
Yerba MansaAnemopsis californica
Yerba SantaEriodictyon crassifolium


Common NameScientific Name
Black CottonwoodPopulus balsamifera
Coast Live OakQuercus agrifolia
Engelmann OakQuercus engelmannii
Fremont CottonwoodPopulus fremontii
Mexican ElderberrySambucus mexicana
Red WillowSalix laevigata
Western SycamorePlatanus racemosa
White AlderAlnus rhombifolia

This Field Guide was produced by the

Trails Committee of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy.

      Logo designed by Carol Richey.

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Copyright © 2000-2009 by the Trails Committee of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy.
Permission is freely granted to reproduce any or all of this page as long as credit is given to the Trails Committee at this source:
Comments and feedback: Tom Chester
Last update: 12 November 2009 (comella email address updated 16 March 2013).