- California Poppy (Genus Eschscholzia) by Curtis Clark (we have three species: E. caespitosa below 5000', E. californica ssp. californica below 6600', and E. minutiflora below 6600')
- Ceanothus (Genus Ceanothus), commonly called California lilac, tall shrubs with small, simple leaves and lilac-like flowers blooming in the spring in colors from white to dark blue
- Everlasting (Genus Gnaphalium), plants with tight white buds that open to "everlasting dried flowers".
- Ferns of Lower Eaton Canyon and Lower Mt. Wilson Area including Arroyo Seco and Santa Anita Canyon
- Goldenbush (Genus Ericameria), bushes with many small yellow daisy-like flowers.
- Manzanitas (Genus Arctostaphylos), shrubs with red-bark and small clusters of urn-shaped white or pink flowers. This is not a key, but a series of charts giving the characteristics of our local species from various sources.
- Palms (Genus Washingtonia), tall trees with the living leaves all at the top.
- Penstemons (Genus Penstemon), plants with tubular flowers, colored either scarlet or a shade of purple, and opposite (paired) leaves
- Pines (Genus Pinus), trees with needle-like leaves wrapped in bundles
- C. Rocco's West Coast Native Tree ID
- Sumac Family (Family Anacardiaceae), large, rounded shrubs with simple, evergreen, aromatic leaves or smaller thicket-like shrubs with three-part, deciduous leaves
- Yellow-Flowered Shrubs Blooming In Fall At Higher Elevations
- Willows (Genus Salix), trees and shrubs identified by long, slender leaves growing alternately along the stem and by a single, large scale capping the flower bud in winter
Go to Field Guide to the San Gabriel Mountains: Natural History: Plants
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