fmroberts2

Joined: Jan 20, 2019 Last Active: Oct 22, 2020

I am a botanist, naturalist, and artist. My specialty is floristics and plant identification with a focus on the plants of Orange and Riverside Counties, California, oaks, rare plants of southern California, and lilies and their relatives. Books I have authored include A Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Orange County (1989, 1998), Illustrated Guide to the Oaks of the Southern Californian Floristic Province (1995), Vascular Plants of Western Riverside County, California, an Annotated Checklist (with co-authors)(2004), Vascular Plants of Orange County, California, an Annotated Checklist (2008), and with co-auhtor, Bob Allen, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains (2013).

As an artist, I illustrate my own books and have provided line drawings for a small number of newly described taxa. I paint using gouache watercolor, mostly birds, plants, and butterflies (one pupfish as a commissioned gift). Some of these have ended up on walls, others have been used in botanically themed T-shirts. Especially if you live in California, you may have seen one of my oak, mariposa lily, monkey flower, or thread plant shirts.

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