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About the Flora of California

  • CalPhotos: Plants
      Over 30,000 photos of California flowers, trees, and other plants in a searchable database managed by the UC Berkeley Digital Library Research Project.
  • California Native Plant Society
  • California Native Grass Association
      brings together conservationists, resource managers, horticulturalists, scientists, consultants and others to promote native grasses and associated species for restoration and maintenance of California's grassland ecosystems and for use in urban and agricultural areas.
  • California Exotic Pest Plant Council
      Invasive and damaging weed plants in California.
  • California Native Plant Link Exchange (CNPLX)
      allows a user to find which nurseries sell a particular California native plant species.
  • California Plant Names, Word Meanings and Name Derivations
      Word meanings and name derivations of Southern California plants compiled by Michael Lloyd Charters
  • Noxious Times newsletter
      quarterly publication of the California Interagency Noxious Weed Coordinating Committee. Includes information on biological control, new weeds, and current efforts at weed control.
  • Fungi of California
      Species list with descriptions, photos, bibliography
  • Rare or Uncommon Plants of Northwest California
      Primarily Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Sponsored by the North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
      Educational programs including classes, workshops, field trips, and tours, including evening and weekend events and special activities for children.
  • Sharsmith Herbarium California State University, San Jose
      Database of specimens contained in the Sharsmith Herbarium.
  • Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) California Chapter
      An international professional membership organization for people researching, practicing, or interested in Ecological Restoration.
  • TreeLink
      A community forestry resource sponsored by The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council,The USDA Forest Service and TreeUtah.
  • University and Jepson Herbarium
  • Weed Research and Information Center
      University of California, Davis
      Weed Management for the benefit of agriculture and for the preservation of natural resources.
  • California Native Plant Email Discussion Group
      An email discussion group where members share their experience, their knowledge, and their questions about California native plants with each other.
  • Other Online Sources
  • Native Plant Societies of the United States
      Maintained by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program
      interactive web site with suggestions on improving the habitat value of backyards.
  • Organizations and Agencies for Ecological Restoration, California.
      List of many organizations maintained by
  • Nursery Sources for California Native Plants (1995)
      List of California Native Plants and the nurseries that carry them by M.A. Sowers and K. Wiese. $10.00 - Publication DMG- OFR 90-02 of the California Department of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology.
  • American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
      With searchable database of member gardens in California.
  • Centres of Plant Diversity: A Guide and Strategy for Their Conservation-Volume 3: The Americas
      Contains accounts of 75 major sites for conservation of plant diversity in the Americas. It highlights areas of pristine botanical importance, with the hope that these will receive adequate levels of resources to ensure their protection. Published by the World Wildlife Fund and The World Conservation Union (IUCN) in coordination with the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Texas A&M Bioinformatics Working Group
      Texas flora, Carex illustrations.
  • Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature
      database of references relevant to the taxonomy of flowering plants, gymnosperms and ferns.
  • Kew Economic Botany Links
      designed to answer questions about useful & poisonous plants, and to act as a resource for the wider ethnobotanical community, particularly students.
  • USDA-Agricultural Research Service: Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
      Displays a list of the ethnobotanical uses for plants.
  • Index to American Botanical Literature
      Includes botanical literature on systematics and floristics, morphology, and ecology, as well as economic botany and general botany appearing since late 1995.
  • The Families of Flowering Plants
      descriptions, taxonomic information, references, and line illustrations of all the Angiosperm families
  • Fungus Collection University of Michigan
      Includes specimen database retrieval, gis mapping, and other web recsources.
  • MykoWeb
      Devoted to the science of mycology (the study of the fungi) and the hobby of mushrooming (the pursuit of mushrooms).
  • US Forest Service Research Natural Areas (RNAs)
      Detailed descriptive information (with photographs) for 263 established and 55 proposed RNAs in (Idaho, Montana, North & South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico) is easily accessed through interactive maps and tables.
  • "New Plant Species" Audio recording of NPR Public Interest News Show.
      Botanists and researchers are always excited when they discover previously unknown plant species, and in the last twenty-five years, more than one thousand new species have been found in the U-S. Kojo and guests discuss the significance of these findings, and how ordinary Americans may make extraordinary discoveries in their own backyard gardens.
      Note: a free copy of RealAudio is required to listen.
      • Barbara Ertter, Curator of Western North America Flora at University of California at Berkeley
      • Dr. Bruce Stein, Director of Scientific Publications at the Nature Conservancy
      • Vicky Funk, Research Botanist at the Smithsonian Institution

  • The Parasitic Plant Connection Southern Illinois University
      Database and pictures of parasitic plants world-wide
  • University of Michigan Herbarium
      Searchable database of fungi, bryophytes, lichen; western distribution maps for fungi
  • PLANTS National Database (USDA)
      Searchable database of North American plants
  • Sites of Botanical Interest
      (maintained at Helsinki University)
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