logo Calflora Advanced Search for Plants   HELP
Updated April 7, 2022
Advanced Search for Plants is a web application which offers a wide range of criteria in selecting the plants that Calflora covers.
BASIC USE
Choose some criteria, and press . A list of matching plants will appear.

By default, results appear as a simple list. To see photos, choose Format = photo.

Once you have some results showing, click on Search to close the search panel. After doing this, most of the window will be devoted to showing the results.

SEARCH CRITERIA

QUALITIES

Native Status
native, non-native, rare (according to CNPS), Cal-IPC listed (invasive)

Duration
Annual, Perennial, Biennial

Lifeform
Grass-like, Herb, Shrub, Tree, Vine, Fern, Lichen, Moss, Liverwort

Category
monocot, dicot, gymnosperm, pteridophyte, lichen, algae, bryophyte

Choose only vascular plants to eliminate lichen, algae, and bryophyte.

Bloom month
e.g. February, for plants likely to be blooming in February

Associated with
any beneficial (insect or non-insect pollinator)
any pest (insect or pathogen)
any bee
native bees
honey bees
butterflies

Low water tolerant

Shade tolerant

Commercially available (according to CNPLX)

Serpentine Affinity
Find plants which have an affinity to serpentine soil (Safford et al. 2005).

California Endemic
Find plants which only grow in California.


PLANT NAMES

Scientific Name
Typeahead enabled. Enter a full scientific name or just the genus.

Common Name
Typeahead enabled. Enter part of a common name.

Family
Full family name. For instance Ericaceae.

Plant List
Choose an existing general purpose list, or define your own special purpose list.


SOIL

Soil Depth ≤
Find plants that can tolerate a soil depth less than or equal to the stated depth, in centimeters.

pH
Find plants that can tolerate the stated pH.

Salinity ≥
Find plants that can tolerate a salinity greater than or equal to the stated salinity, in mmhos / centimeter.

CaCO3 ≥
Find plants that can tolerate a calcium carbonate equivalent percentage greater than or equal to the stated percentage.


CLIMATE

Elevation
Find plants that can grow at the stated elevation, in meters.

Annual Precipitation
Find plants that can tolerate the stated annual precipitation, in inches.

Wet Season
Find plants that can tolerate the stated wet season, in months.

Temperature Range ≥
Find plants that can tolerate a temperature range greater than or equal to the stated range, in degrees Fahrenheit.

December Low
Find plants that can tolerate the stated December low temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit.

July High
Find plants that can tolerate the stated July high temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit.

Hardiness Zone
Find plants that can grow in the chosen USDA Hardiness Zone.


ETC

Active
YES: Plant names which are active in the Calflora Database.

exclude parent records
Acer glabrum is the parent record of Acer glabrum var. diffusum, Acer glabrum var. douglasii, and Acer glabrum var. glabrum. If this box is checked, parent records will not be included in the results.

Jepson eFlora
YES: Plant names which are accepted in the Jepson eFlora.

USDA PLANTS
YES: Plant names which are accepted by USDA PLANTS.

CNPS
YES: Plant names which are accepted in the CNPS Inventory of rare plants.

Cal-IPC
YES: Plants considered invasive by the California Invasive Plant Council.

Observations
Find plants for which there are observation records in Calflora.

No observations
Find plants for which there are not yet any observation records in Calflora.

Two photos?
YES: The Calflora Taxon Report page has two or more reference photos.

Photographer
Find plants where the Calflora Taxon Report page utilizes a photo from this photographer, as a reference photo.

SEARCH

Format
How the results are presented.

simple One plant on each line. Click on the scientific name to see the Calflora Taxon Report for this plant.
acceptance The same as simple but with four additional columns showing who accepts the plant name: JEF (Jepson eFlora), PLANTS (USDA PLANTS), CNPS (CNPS Inventory of Rare Plants), and Cal-IPC (California Invasive Plant Council).
photo An expanded, illustrated plant list format, with plant attributes, two or three photos, and the bloom time icon. Click on the scientific name to see the Calflora Taxon Report for this plant.
text The results in tab delimited format, suitable for copying into a spreadsheet. (To copy into Excell, use 'Paste / Special'.)
count Just the number of results.

Order by
How the results are sorted -- Scientific Name, Lifeform, or Bloom start month

Group by
How the results are grouped, e.g. by FAMILY. When Format is simple, the table of results shows an extra line whenever the value of the group field changes.

OTHER APPLICATIONS

What Grows Here?
Find plants that grow in a certain area.

Observation Search
Find individual observation records.

Example Searches
  • Commercially available, low water tolerant native grasses

  • Plants considered rare by the CNPS Inventory, with reference photos by Keir Morse

  • RELEASE NOTES:

    v. 0.81 January 2022

    There is a new output format, acceptance, which is like simple but also shows which nomenclature authorities accept the plant name.

    v. 0.73 August, 2015

  • It is now possible to specify Duration separately from Lifeform.

  • Lifeform: "Grass-like" is now treated as a separate lifeform from "Herb". "Grass-like" includes plants from these three families: Poaceae (except bamboo, which is a shrub), Juncaceae, and Cyperaceae.

  • There are three new selection criteria in the QUALITIES section: Commercially available (based on information from CNPLX), shade tolerant, and low water tolerant.