Trail
Head

Trail Center logo
Contents

Features

A Day in the Life of a Crew Leader

Fleet Feet on Redwood and Coastside Trails

The Gazos Creek Mountain Camp, a Field Research Station

The Campaign for Castle Rock

Favorite Trail Project

Photographers Needed to Document California Plants

Celebrate Earth Day and National Trails Day with the Trail Center

Departments

Letter from the Trail Center

Park News

Trail Center Notes

Upcoming Events

The Trail Companion

Winter 2002 - Summary

Winter 2002 - PDF format

Current issue

Back Issues

Guidelines for Submission


The Trail Companion (ISSN 1528-0241 (print); 1094-222X (online)) is the quarterly newsletter of the Trail Center.

Editors:Mary Simpson, Megan Hansen
Layout: Scott Heeschen
Staff Writer: Geoffrey Skinner
Resources

Trail Center Info
Calendar & Activity Guide
Trail Building
Volunteer!
Mission
Maps & Publications
Mapping
Newsletter
Who We Are
Services
Membership
Outdoor Recreation Guides
Photo Gallery
Links
Site Map
Credits
Contact Us

Trail Center
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Ph.: (650) 968-7065
info@trailcenter.org

The Trail Companion

Winter 2002

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

  • have 23,488 photos of 3,543 California plants (46%)
  • need photos for 4,117 additional plants (54%).
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.

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 vary!



      Trail Center logo
Copyright © Trail Center. All rights reserved.

Please contact the Web Manager for corrections or comments.