This project was funded by a Conservation Innovation Grant
from NRCS California, with matching funds provided by the Calflora Database.
Move to the part of the state you are interested in,
zoom in a few times, and press
A list of plants found in the area shown on the map will appear.
To see exactly where a particular
plant was observed, press the record count
for that plant, choose an icon
and press display points.
Use PLANT FILTER criteria to limit what plants are returned --
for instance, only natives, or only plants on a particular list.
Open the RESULTS panel to change the sort order or to
select a different presentation format.
Open the AREA panel to specify the search area more precisely.
Press DRAW A POLYGON
to specify an exact geographical search space.
To find all plants in a particular park,
press Map Layers
at the top of the page,
choose Protected Areas (CPAD),
and then click
inside one of the parks or forests that appear on the map.
The name of the selected area will appear just above:
Andrew Molera State Park (CDPR)
in selected background area
Press TOOLS / Printable version
of this page to get a version of your current search results
that prints nicely.
If you do not want to print the map, turn the map off before pressing this link.
In the printable version, search criteria are not displayed.
Typeahead enabled. Enter a full scientific name or just the genus.
Full family name. For instance ericaceae.
Choose an existing general purpose list, or
define your own special purpose list.
Status native, non-native, rare (according to CNPS),
invasive (according to Cal-IPC)
e.g. February, for plants likely to be blooming in February
any beneficial (insect or non-insect pollinator) any pest (insect or pathogen) bees
Location Quality of records considered in the search, relative
to the complete set of records.
includes checklists for
huge areas and quad-level records from the CNPS Inventory and CNDDB.
includes checklists for small areas.
includes only precise points.
Minimum record count The number of records of each plant that must be found for the
plant to be included in search results.
Asking for a count of greater than one
is a technique for eliminating singleton or unconfirmed observations.
Format How the results are presented.
One plant on each line. Click on the scientific name to
see a detail panel with photos and a link to
the Calflora Taxon Report for this plant.
An expanded, illustrated plant list format,
with plant attributes, two photos and the bloom time icon.
Click on the scientific name to see
the Calflora Taxon Report for this plant.
The results in tab delimited format, suitable for
copying into a spreadsheet. (Into Excell,
use 'Paste / Special'.)
Order by How the results are sorted --
or Record count
Group by How the results are grouped, e.g. by
When Format is
the table of results shows an extra line
whenever the value of the group field changes.
in map area If checked, the search is limited to the area shown on the map.
in selected background area This control appears when
there is a Map Layers
layer selected, such as
Protected Area (CPAD).
If checked, the search is limited to the selected
DRAW A POLYGON Press this to open a panel where you can enter or edit
a polygon on the map.
then click on the map to enter three or more vertices.
in polygon This control appears if there is a polygon defined,
either because you just drew a polygon,
restored a previously saved polygon,
or if a polygon came into
the application from URL parameters.
If checked, the search is limited to the area of the polygon.
SAVED POLYGONS Press this to open a panel where you can save the polygon
you just drew by name, or restore a polygon you saved in a previous
To save a new polygon, enter a name, and
To see and edit all of the polygons you have saved,
use the Shape Editor
(formerly My Shapes)
To view the locations of a plant in the result list
on the map, you have a choice of various colored icons.
The default icon is a blue point:
A palette is a set of plant - icon assignments.
As you choose icons to display various plants, you are
implicitly making a
Custom palettes can be saved and used again.
You can also choose one of three predefined palletes:
A convenience palette for displaying observations differentiated by nativity.
Press display next to native,
and the application will read points for all native plants in
the result list, and show them on the map using a green point icon
Press display next to non-native,
and the application will show points of non-native plants
using a red icon .
A convenience palette for displaying observations differentiated by status.
A convenience palette for displaying observations differentiated by lifeform.
For any plant shown in the results,
press the record count,
select a colored icon to use for that plant
and press display points.
The application will read points for that plant in the selected
area and show them on the map using the selected icon.
The application keeps a list of all of the
plant - icon assignments you make in this way.
To see this list, press Plants with Icons:
By going through the process of assigning icons
to plants, you are defining a custom palette,
and can use it again.
If you move to a different area on the map and
the points for all plants with icons will be read
for the new area and displayed on the map.
Use the Palette Again:
To save the current palette (your list of plant - icon assignments), press
Enter a name into the
Save the current palette as:
text box, and press .
During a subsequent session with this application,
you can select it from the
Use a previously saved palette
drop down. Then press ,
and points for all the plants in the palette will be read
and displayed on the map.
TOOLS / SHARE THIS PAGE
to make the browser URL reflect the current state of the page
you are seeing, including use of a saved palette.
Then bookmark the URL or send it to someone so that they
can see the same thing.
When you save a palette in this way, you own it and are
the only one who can change it. However, other people can
use it if you give it to them in a URL as described above.
See the EXAMPLES below.
Click on an icon
to see details of that observation:
Proximity of various invasive plants
in the Santa Monica Mountains
indicated by colored icons:
SHARE THIS PAGE
When you click on this link,
the current state of the page is
put into your browser's URL.
After pressing this link, you can
use the browser to bookmark the URL;
copy the URL and email it to someone; or
use the browser's back button later to return to this state.
Once you have search results, press this link
to run an equivalent search in the Hotline application.
Where What Grows Here? can show a summary of plants in an area,
Hotline can show all observation records in the same area.
This works for a selected background area (eg. a park),
or for a user defined search polygon.
Printable version of this page
The interactive version of this page does not print very nicely
(the header and the map are fixed, which means that they repeat
on each printed page).
After you have an interesting result showing,
press this link to get a printable version.
Note that in the printable version, the
search criteria are not displayed.
When you choose a background layer such as Watersheds,
the application will report the
name of the watershed where the center mark
Click on the various watersheds to see their names.
If the Precipitation background layer is showing,
click on the map to see average annual precipitation
at that point
If the Nitrogen Deposition background layer is showing,
click on the map to see kilograms of nitrogen per
hectare per year
at that point.
Native plants in the Santa Lucia Hydrologic Area (including Big Sur and Andrew Molera State Park).
This search looks for records with MEDIUM or better location quality,
and includes plants in the results if there are at least three records in the search area.
The format is set to
so that the results appear as an illustrated plant list.
in an arbitrary area of the northern Sierra foothills east of Chico.
The search area is a user defined polygon.
Common Oaks of Calfornia, starting in the southern Sierras east of Bakersfield.
This example illustrates the use of a
as a point search technique.
If you start with this view, then
move to a different location and press
, the application will load points
in the new location for the twelve species of oak
included in this
Favorite North Coast plants,
starting in Fort Bragg.
This example shows the use of a
to differentiate between plants that only grow right on the coast,
vs. those that prefer the coast ranges.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q:For one plant in the search results,
it says 14 records, but when I
ask to see points for that plant, I only see 9.
Why is the count different?
Q:Why would I use this application instead of
Observation Hotline or Plant Distribution?
What kinds of search is each application best suited for?
Observation Hotline is good for seeing all observations
in a relatively small area.
Plant Distribution is good for seeing the statewide
distribution of a single plant.
It is also good for looking at a super close up view of a single
record -- it will show lines and
polygons if any are available.
What Grows Here? will show a list of
plants in a given area.
By the use of a
it is also good for juxtaposing the point distributions
of two or more plants.