There are various websites with high quality, systematically organized
information about California native plants, including
UC Jepson Herbarium
nurseries such as
and many more.
From the point of view of CNPLX, all of these websites are
. The idea of the project is to
index a collection of reference sites by species.
When a user is looking at the detail page for a particular
species, they will see links to all of the
references sites that pertain to that species.
Acknowledgments. This project would not be possible without Calflora.
First of all, Calflora did a massive amout of work to
compile the list of species and associated information.
Secondly, Calflora has chosen to make that work available to the public,
providing the best possible example of an electronic library.
This project is also dependent upon the many other individuals and
institutions who have prepared information about native
plants and made that information publically available on the web.
(see Growing Native)
has contributed both valuable advice
and a long list of native nurseries.
Categorization. All of the sites listed on CNPLX have one thing in common:
they all mention multiple California native species by scientific name.
Pragmatically, there are two types of reference sites:
- sites indicating the availability of species at a nursery; and
- sites with horticultural information about species.
Thus, each reference site is categorized into one
of three possible subject areas: the two above
and a third catch-all (Other
In addition, some reference sites have a brief comment
about the content. For a nursery site, it might be wholesale
or seeds (meaning they only sell seeds). For a horticulture
site it might be butterfiles (meaning the webpage concerns
the relationship of butterflies and native plants).
This site is driven by a collection of XML files that
specify which websites have information about which species.
Most of these files were produced by scanning
documents on the web that mention various native species.
For nurseries without a website, the files were produced
manually (by making a checklist in CNPLX and saving it).
Nursery availability infomation is recent, but not critically
up to date (i.e. call the nursery to make sure they have your plant!).
The set of XML files is publically available: point your browser at the
http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/NLX directory and you will see them.
You are welcome to use them for any non-commercial purpose.
The collection is growing as
additional web resources are discovered or developed.
This site relies on the Calflora species database
as a list of California native plants, and for
supplementary information about each species.
There is more information about the Calflora species database here:
About the Calflora Species Database
Calflora Species Database Fields Descriptions.
The list of counties provided on the species detail page is based on
an interpretation of Calflora occurrence data --
it differs from Calflora in that it does not
include a species in a county if the only evidence
It may still be overly broad in many cases.
See the Calflora species page for more infomation about
Almost all pages on the site are reachable by URL, which
means that it is possible to bookmark or email
the exact page you are looking at, and return to it
(or send someone else to it) later.
Much of the data presented on CNPLX is
courtesy of Calflora.
If you find CNPLX to be useful, please consider
contribution to Calflora.
For comments and questions about this site,
in Jughandle State Reserve, Mendocino Co.