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The Calflora Team, 2015
Roy West has volunteered as a director of Calflora for over ten years, handling bookkeeping, grant-writing, and other administrative tasks. Previously he served for 6 years as co-director of the East Bay CNPS chapter's plant sale, and after that as a director and then administrative VP of state CNPS. Roy lives in Berkeley with his family and is particularly fond of native shrubs, orchids, and lilies.
lives in Sebastopol with his family and 11 chickens, one chicken for each year he's been at Calflora. Formerly at AT&T Bell Labs and Nomura Securities, he has two decades of experience wrangling web sites
in many software technologies, the favorite being Java.
In spare time he is a native plant gardener.
graduated with her MS in GIS in 2010 forecasting Mokelumne River water supply based on MODIS remote sensing snow pack images. She’s been examining what was under that snow – plants – ever since. She conducted mapping and ecological modeling of current and future invasive plant ranges based on environmental variables and global climate models.
the Calflora Observer Pro Android phone application for collecting plant occurences in the field. His latest personal project is an Android word game experimenting with creating a multi-player experience from a single-player game. One can always play immediately, and it does away with the game timer to play well while watching television.
is helping Calflora create intuitive and user friendly web pages and phone apps. He enjoys conducting usability studies, examining use cases, and mountain biking.
What is Calflora?
Calflora is 1. a website you can use to learn about
plants that grow wild in California (both native plants and weeds); and
2. a nonprofit organization responsible for providing this service.
Calflora is run by
the team described above.
Information in Calflora comes from many sources: public agencies, non-profits, scientists, private donors, and you!
Find Out About a Plant
You can enter the common or scientific name of a plant to find out about it.
use the name wizard
to just enter part of a name and have the wizard make suggestions. The result is an illustrated table of plants that match the name you entered. Click one of the plants in the table to learn the details about that plant -- in particular, where it's been observed in California.
Try it out!
Find Out What Plants Grow in a Place
You can also choose a place and get an illustrated list of
the plants that grow there. We call that
What Grows Here?
You define "here" by picking a place on the map, or by choosing park boundary,
place name, etc. Refine "here" by zooming in and out of the map,
or drawing a polygon
Then click SEARCH to get an illustrated list of plants known to grow "here."
Try it out!
There's a lot more to Calflora than these basic tools --
you can learn about Calflora's more advanced features
at the top of this page,
where you will find links to many web applications concerning
We ask you to Register
If you use the Calflora service for a while, we ask you to
It helps us measure use,
improve your experience of Calflora, and it helps us when we ask foundations for support. Registering is free.
If you register as a contributor, you can take part in
another level of Calflora, which includes contributing observations,
commenting on other's observations, participating in groups, etc.
Once you register,
please don't let anyone else use your account.
This is especially important if you register as a contributor.
(When more than one person uses the same account to contribute
observations, quality control becomes difficult for everyone involved.)
If you need to work closely with other contributors,
and invite the others to join it.
Compliance Documents and Other Professional Use of Calflora
We ask that any company or individual
using the Calflora service for compliance documents
(e.g., NEPA / CEQA), or otherwise using the Calflora service
for paid professional work,
pay a fee at a rate your budget can afford.
to establish an appropriate rate for your organization.
An important part of the service that Calflora provides is support
We're eager to answer any questions you have about any part of Calflora.
Write to us
and you'll typically get a response in a few hours.
We'd also love to hear your ideas for making Calflora more useful to you.
Participate in The Calflora Community
We (the Calflora team) rely on
a community of interested and engaged users.
If you are interested in wild plants in California,
you are cordially invited to join this community.
For instance, if you are aware of a plant growing wild
in some park or other location where it is not yet
shown on Calflora, we urge you to become a contributor and
to add an observation of that plant where you know it grows.
Equally important: if you notice information on Calflora
that seems wrong or incomplete, please
let us know.
If it is an observation record that does not look right
and you are a contributor, you can write a comment on the record.
We do pay attention to comments and answer emails.
In this sense, what you see on Calflora is in part the product of
the vigilance of engaged users.
Maintaining the Calflora database is a little bit like painting
the Golden Gate Bridge: by the time we finish reviewing it once,
it is time to start over again. Volunteers are an important part of
this ongoing quality assurance process. If you have the inclination
and a little bit of time, we would love to have your help.
Here are some particular volunteer jobs that need doing:
- Add new Great Places
- Choose plant photos for the Taxon Report pages
- For particular plants, add links to Taxon Report pages
which go to other interesting web pages about those plants
In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, Calflora is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9419 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.