Common California Plants

"How do I know what I'm looking at?"

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Benjamin Lavender

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Quercus agrifolia California Live Oak Charles Webber 1998 California Academy of Sciences

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California is a goldmine for plant diversity. Within a few miles we can travel between several diverse ecosystems and plant communities. With the resources below, we can learn how to identify and understand the plant communities that make up our backyard.

    •California Plant Names
A user friendly way to understand the meanng behind plants' scientific names. Can also be used to find the common name of plants from the scientific ones, or vice versa.
General Information
    •California Native Plant Society
Site dedicated to California native plants, with an emphsis towards gardening
General Searches
Search engine can be used to find general information about specific plant species. Use image page to find plant pictures
Online, user maintained, encyclopedia resource. Often has images and links to useful sites
Natural History
    •Cal Flora
Information on life history and ecology on California native plants
    •Information on California Native Plants
Information on the life history and ecology on California native plants
Plant Images
    •CalPhotos: Plants
Thousands of images of plants found in California
Plant List
    •Bracken Fern - Pteridium aquilinum
    •Broom - Cytisus scoparius and Genista monspessulana
    •California Bay Laurel - Umbellularia californica
    •California Blackberry - Rubus ursinus
    •California Buckeye - Aesculus californica
    •California Coffeeberry - Rhamnus californica
    •California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica
    •California Sagebrush - Artemisia californica
    •Cape Ivy - Delairea odorata
    •Coast Live Oak - Quercus agrifolia
    •Coast Redwood - Sequoia sempervirens
    •Coyote Brush - Baccharis pilularis
    •Douglas Iris - Iris douglasiana
    •Douglas-fir - Pseudotsuga menziesii subsp. menziesii
    •Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus globulus
    •Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare
    •Lupine - Lupinus albifrons var. collinus, Lupinus chamissonis, Lupinus arboreus,
    •Madrone - Arbutus menziesii
    •Manzanita - Arctostaphylos
    •Monterey Cypress - Cupressus macrocarpa
    •Monterey Pine - Pinus radiata
    •Paintbrush - Castilleja latifolia, Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana and Castilleja wightii
    •Pampas Grass - Cortaderia selloana and Cortaderia jubata
    •Poison Hemlock - Conium maculatum
    •Poison Oak - Toxicodendron diversilobum
    •Rhamnus californica - Sisyrinchium bellum
    •Sticky Monkey Flower - Mimulus aurantiacus
    •Sword Fern - Polystichum munitum

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