Native plant identification key for the
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California


Woody plants usually with one (rarely two) main stems or trunks, with branching off from this. With strong and centralized wood support, trees can attain much larger size than any other terrestrial life-form, though some trees can be smaller than some shrubs.

First placed on web: 07/31/11
Last revised: 08/02/11
Christine M. Rodrigue, Ph.D., Department of Geography, California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840-1101

The development of this key was partially funded through the Geoscience Diversity Enhancement Program (Award #0703798) and through a course of re-assigned time provided by the CSULB Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee. Thanks also to the students in sections of biogeography, introductory physical geography, GDEP, and LSAMP for "test-driving" various editions of this key.