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March 15, 2023

Baja California Plant Field Guide

A must have for Baja explorers

Did you know that the Baja California peninsula supports a wealth of plant diversity? The Baja California region is rich in plant species due to its varied geology, topography, and climate zones. Are you interested in learning more about the plants while on a Baja overlanding adventure in Baja Mexico?
 
If so, we recommend the Baja California Plant Field Guide. This field guide is a must have for all Baja explorers. It is the only book that covers Baja California plants in detail, and is a definitive guide to the uniqueness found in Baja California’s plant life. It has photographs and narratives on hundreds of the most significant plants of Baja.

As of 2016, the current count of native and naturalized vascular plants documented in Baja California is 3,551 species and 3,892 total taxa (including subspecies and varieties). Of these 3,551 species, 3,130 (88.1%) are native to the region. The rate of endemism for the native flora including near-endemic taxa is 25.9%. Source
 
This just adds to the uniqueness of Baja’s wild landscapes which is a photographers dream to capture. On our group adventures trips in Baja, we will see many diverse plant species up close and personal. You will have the opportunity to see and photograph them yourself.
 
I met Jon Rebman, the Baja California Plant Field Guide author, at two different Baja plant presentations in San Diego. He and his team do amazing research through the San Diego Natural History Museum. Find out about some of the projects they have worked on in Baja. 
 
If interested in learning more, also see the Bajaflora website, created by the Botany Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum (NAT). Successful conservation of these plants requires binational collaboration. See short video on a recent cross border rare plant project.

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” – Edward Abbey

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