The Trail Companion
Photographers Needed to Document California Plants
The Calflora database needs your help to fill out the
database of California plants. As of January 10, 2002,
They hope to add at least 202 additional species by May
2002. They would also like additional photos that show all
parts of a plant and the variation within species. They are
especially looking for photos of diagnostic (key)
characters that help to identify species.
- have 23,488 photos of 3,543 California plants
- need photos for 4,117 additional plants (54%).
Calflora (www.calfora.org) is a
comprehensive database of plant distribution information
for California. The database is a collaborative project of
USDA Forest Service, the UC Berkeley Digital Library
Project, the United States Geological Survey, the UC Davis
Information Center for the Environment, the Santa Barbara
Botanic Garden, and others. It features three databases: a
species database, an occurrence database, and a
nomenclature database. The species database is searchable
by common and scientific names, as well as by family.
Searches can also be limited by geographic area, life form,
elevation, native/non-native, rare/non-rare, and plant
community. Many of the entries have multiple photos, making
the database a useful tool for identifying mystery plants,
particularly in conjunction with guidebooks.
Editor's note: Common names (being what they
are) may not appear in the database. The species names are
taken from Munz' A California Flora and Supplement
(1958 and 1968) and Skinner and Hick's CNPS Inventory
of Rare and Endangered Vascular Plants of California
(1994) - names in the Jepson Manual (1993) may
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