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Plant Profiles

The plant profiles are in a tabular format with fields containing ecological, taxonomic, distribution, and genetic information to help botanists and land managers determine collection protocols and seed deployment strategies. They also contain details about seed biology and plant culture to help guide choice and production of plant materials in a way that reduces the chance for unintentional selection, loss of genetic diversity, or cross contamination of seed resources. The profiles provide important information about the differences among subspecies and varieties of focal species. Each profile is fully documented by providing links to important referenced databases and a bibliography at the end of the PDF file.

The following species were prioritized for profiles. The names in blue font have profiles that are  complete and ready for download. Click on the name to obtain the desired file. More profiles will be added as they are completed so do check for updates. Updated profiles will have the update year after the name.  For example those for California sagebrush, deerweed, black sage, and white sage, were updated in 2017 to reflect new information.  The urls within all  profiles were last updated in March 2020.


Species                                             Common Name

Shrubs and Subshrubs:

Acmispon glaber (Vogel) Brouillet (2017 Update)    deerweed

Adenostoma fasciculatum Hook. & Arn.                    chamise

Arctostaphylos glandulosa                                          Eastwood’s manzanita

Arctostaphylos glauca                                                  bigberry manzanita

Artemisia californica Less. (2017 Update)                  California sagebrush

Baccharis pilularis DC.                                                   coyote bush

Ceanothus crassifolius Torr.                                         hoaryleaf ceanothus

Ceanothus cuneatus (Hook.) Nutt.                              wedgeleaf ceanothus

Ceanothus leucodermis                                               chaparral whitethorn

Cercocarpus betuloides                                               mountain mahogany

Diplacusthe woody monkeyflower species            bush monkey flowers

Encelia californica Nutt.                                                California encelia

Encelia farinosa A. Gray ex Torr.                                  brittlebush

Eriodictyon crassifolium Benth.                                   thickleaf yerba santa

Eriodictyon trichocalyx Heller                                    hairy yerba santa

Eriogonum fasciculatum Benth. (2018 Update)      California buckwheat

Hesperoyucca whipplei                                               chaparral yucca

Heteromeles arbutifolia (Lindl.) M. Roem.               toyon, California holly

Isocoma menziesii (Hook. & Arn.) G. Nesom             Menzies' goldenbush

Iva hayesiana Gray                                                        San Diego marsh elder

Lepidospartum squamatum (A. Gray) A. Gray          scale broom

Lotus scoparius (see  Acmispon glaber)                   deerweed

Malosma laurina (Nutt.) Nutt. ex Abrams                  laurel sumac

Mimulus species, woody- see Diplacus                   bush monkeyflowers

Prunus ilicifolia (Nutt. ex Hook. & Arn.) D. Dietr.        hollyleaf cherry

Quercus berberidifolia                                                  scrub oak

Rhamnus crocea Nutt.                                                  spiny redberry

Rhamnus ilicifolia Kellogg                                           hollyleaf redberry

Rhus ovata S. Watson                                                   sugarbush

Salvia apiana Jeps. (2017 Update)                              white sage

Salvia mellifera Greene (2017 Update)                      black sage


Perennial Herbs (including suffrutescent ones):

Abronia maritime Nutt. ex S. Wats.                             red sand verbena

Achillea millefolium L.                                                  common yarrow

Corethrogyne filaginifolia (Hook & Arn.) Nutt.           common sand aster

Eriophyllum confertiflorum (DC.) A. Gray                  golden yarrow

Iva axillaris Pursh ssp. robustior (Hook.) Bassett     western poverty weed


Annual Herbs:

Amsinckia intermedia Fischer & C. A. Meyer           common fiddleneck

Deinandra fasiculata (DC.) Greene                              fascicled tarplant

Lasthenia californica Lindl. & L. gracilis (DC.) Green goldfields

Plantago erecta Morris                                                 California plantain


Grasses and Sedges:

Achnatherum hymenoides (Roem. & Schult.) Barkworth  Indian ricegrass

Carex praegracilis W. Boott                                         clustered field sedge

Nassella pulchra (A. Hitchc.) Barkworth                    purple needlegrass