California Native Plant Link Exchange
NEWS - FEATURES
Calfora has a new web application called the
which can help with the process of selecting
locally appropriate native plants.
It works for any location in California,
and only suggests commercially available plants.
It follows the approach of trying to suggest as few plants as possible, by using climate and soil factors to eliminate plants not suited for the location.
When you are seeing a good plant list, you can email it to yourself, and then forward it to native plant nurseries to find out what they have in stock. Or, paste the list into a spreadsheet, and add your own notes about each plant.
Check out the
-- you will find a description of the latest features of various
Calflora applications, as well interesting examples of how to use
Housecleaning: In the last few days, we have gone through
nursery listings on CNPLX, and removed those that are
apparently no longer in business.There was some sadness in this task,
because many wonderful local native plant nurseries have gone away.
We also updated the listings for those nurseries still in business.
Specific Care for an Evergreen Huckleberry:
Many native plants need special care at first, even if you plant them in a suitable location. Evergreen huckleberry grows prolifically in the understory of redwood forests, but hardly ever has berries in those conditions. The plant is much more likely to have berries when it is growing in forest edge or chaparral conditions. If you want to plant it in your garden and get berries eventually, you may want to emulate these conditions; this means that the plant should get some sun, but be in shade for a significant part of the day, especially in the summer. Then, as with many native shrubs and trees, you will need to baby it along for a couple of years:
Need help identifying a plant?
If you have one or more photos of the plant,
Plant ID Help group
Great Places to view California native plants:
Byne-Milliron Forest, Santa Cruz Co.
Santiago Peak, Orange Co.
Point Pinole, Contra Costa Co.
Each Great Place is indicated by a polygon boundary. When you open Great Place page, the software collects all native plant observations within that boundary. On the page, you will see the plants categorized by lifeform; if you open Shrubs for instance, you will see all of the shrubs observed at that place.
If any of the observations of plants have their own photos, these are included first. If there is any left over space, it is filled up with reference photos of the plant. How many photos you see of each plant depends on how wide your browser window is. To see the most photos per plant, make your browser window take up the whole screen.
provides a self-service way for
native plant nurseries to make
the plants they sell known to the public.
If you work for a native plant nursery, here are a few details about how to utilize this free service:
Contribute a Reference Website
CNPLX is a growing collection.If you know of a nursery or horticultural website that refers to California native plants by scientific name, you can contribute a link to that site. To add a new reference website to CNPLX, first start a session, then create a contributor account with a valid email address (or if you already have a contributor account, log into it).
The contributor account feaure makes it possible
for nursery staff to add and maintain their own listings
. However, some nursery listings have already been added by
the editor. If you work for a nursery that is already listed,
and would like to take over the maintenance of the listing,
please write to us.
Have those scientific names changed?.
Paste in a list of California plant names,
and find out if those names have changed recently
(and if so, according to whom). Try it here:
CNPLX is mentioned on other websites!
Some examples courtesy of Google.
Search Page now has an option to include
photos in search results. (Many thanks to CalPhotos
for making these photographs available.)
Other useful options on the search page include
Searching for Plants: Fine Points
In a typical search, you enter some criteria, see a list of matching plants, and click on the scientific name to get to the CNPLX plant information page.
At the bottom of the search page, however, there is a field called Name Linked to, which defaults to CNPLX. If you set the value of that field to one of the larger reference websites, such as the Las Pilitas nursery, then -- when you click on the scientific name on the matching page, you will go directly to a page about the plant on the chosen website! Thus you can use CNPLX as a way of organizing access to these other websites.
If you want to take the
data home and do something else entirely with it,
the search page allows you to specify whether
you want the results of your query as an HTML page
(the usual way), as XML, or as plain text.
Here is a
list of known cultivars
of California Native Plants, with some information about
(Are there other plants that should be on this list?)
Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet',
whose ancestors include
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi and
Automatic Link Insertion.
CNPLX will re-write a webpage,
inserting a link to either CNPLX or Calflora
wherever it finds the scientific name of a relevant species.
You can use this tool to see another webpage through the lense of either Calflora (species information) or CNPLX (availability), clicking directly on a species name instead of copying and pasting. This ability can also be useful if you are responsible for webpages that contain lists of California species, and would like to give users a direct link to either Calflora or CNPLX.
To see exactly which plant names are found in a document
and why, try the
What plants grow with ...?
On the information page for any plant,
there is a link to the Plants that Grow with
page. This page shows what plants
statistically coincide with the chosen plant
based on any of several factors, including
Munz plant community,
(from the Calflora Observation Database).
You may limit the search results by specifying
a particular County, Lifeform, etc.
For instance, on the information page for madrone, Arbutus menziesii, click on the link
Some nurseries post their current inventory on the internet
periodically. CNPLX makes every attempt to scan these
inventory pages in a timely fashion.
When available, inventory information is reflected on
a species detail page
and the date that the page was last scanned next to a particular nursery:
Webpage/Document Analysis. CNPLX will analyze a webpage (or text pasted from any
document) and add all of the relevant species names it finds into
See the directions on this page:
A cultivar is a selection of one wild species,
or a hybrid of two or more wild species.
On a species detail page, CNPLX now lists cultivars
that are common in the nursery trade.
For instance, see
(Here is a
list of known cultivars
of California Native Plants.)
By having both synonyms and cultivars, CNPLX is able
to find many more species names (when scanning nusery webpages)
than it could when using only Jepson Manual names.
Scientific names do change.
Now, when you search for species by scientific name,
you will see matching Jepson Manual names in the first
table of results, and matching alternate names in the
second table of results.
Alternate names preceded by * are considered to be current
by one or more nomenclature authority.
On a species detail page, you will see any past synonyms
or new names articulated in the upper right.
Roll the mouse over a name to see where it
came from (XWALK, ICPN, PLANTS, or CNPS).
Synonyms to see the status of the name from Calflora.
pages now have several links to
Calflora Map Viewer.
One link shows all observations of manzanita species
in the county. Several county profile pages also have
links to show local location checklists-- for instance,
How to contribute a listing.
Over the last year, several nursery owners
have expressed the desire to edit their own
listings. CNPLX now has a contributor account
system that will make this possible.
How it works. To add a listing to CNPLX, you need a contributor account. First, start a session. On the next page, press the link to make a new contributor account, and enter a valid email address.
2) on the next page, press the link to log into your existing contributor account, and
3) press the ADD A SITE link.
To edit the listing for your nursery,
2) on the next page, press the link to log into your existing contributor account,
3) go to the PROFILE page for your nursery, and
4) press the EDIT link in the upper right.
County Profile pages. Each county now has a profile
page which shows local sources of native plants and
other relevant information, such as the CNPS chapter that
covers the county, and Jepson Bioregions.
By clicking on the map, you can navigate from county
to county throughout the state.
Local location checklists are also included on the county profile page, when available. Location checklists are no longer cross-referenced on species detail pages.
Before, the policy was to only include nurseries
that were willing to provide a species list in some
form. Now, county profile pages include nurseries
which are reputed to grow or sell some natives,
even if we have not been able to obtain a species list.
Northwest Native Seed
Ron Ratko has an amazing list of seeds he has collected
from California and other western states.
A testimonial! Greg Greger of
Sierra Seed Supply
Circuit Rider Productions
Interesting plants they sell include Ceanothus parryi
and Salix laevigata (red willow).
CNPLX is mentioned in the October 2003 issue of
Bay Nature, in Leah Messinger's column.
New Feature: From the
page, you can now
categorize by series
categorize by plant community
With this feature, you can find out which
series or plant communities are represented in
a list of plants.
CNPLX has data from 57 nurseries that grow or sell California native plants.
44 are within California, 13 are outside.
1938 species are available (as seed or plants) from at least one nursery.
889 species are available from only one nursery.
452 species are available from at least five nurseries.
in Freedom (Monterey Bay).
SeedHunt is apparently the only source of 18 species, including
Eriogonum nudum var. decurrens (Ben Lomond buckwheat).
Jughandle State Reserve Ecological Staircase
example checklist page is now on the CNPLX site.
This is an excerpt from a brochure distributed by
California State Parks about the plants growing in
this beautiful spot on the coast in Mendocino Co.
(There is eco-tourism in California!)
CNPLX checklists are also useful for shopping.
I am now in the process of compiling a list of species
to be planted in the fall. When I run REPORT on the checklist, it tells
me exactly which nurseries carry each species. Armed with the report, I can
pick out the most relevant nurseries and plan a shopping trip.
Anderson Valley Nursery
They are apparently the only California
supplier of Arctostaphylos columbiana.
Added Appleton Forest Nursery in Sebastopol. This nursery grows trees from locally collected seed, including 7 species of oak. Other interesting plants available here include Angelica tormentosa and Oemleria cerasiformis (oso berry).
Neither of these nurseries has their own website.
New feature: click through from Calflora species detail page.
Tree of Life in San Juan Capistrano
from their catalog. They have more than 280
species, and for 45 of those they are the only (to the best of our knowledge)
(Tree of Life has a beautiful website, but it does not
have a list of species that they sell. To find out what they sell
you must buy a catalog for $10.)
Feedback from Calypteanna.
Feedback from Calypteanna.
Greg McCann wrote:
Version 1.0 released.
Announcement to Calypteanna email list.
Pacific Coast Seed in Livermore
from their catalog (wholesale only). They have 158
species, and are apparently the only provider for 19 of those.
Beta version 0.95.
Sent email to 20 nurseries asking for comment.
Calflora reorganization meeting in Berkeley,
requested links to horticultural information and
nursery availability information.