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Floristics & Taxonomy

Magney, David [1].

Developing Local Floras in California.

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has been the leader since the 1960s in conserving the California flora. CNPS is a nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to the conservation of the California flora. CNPS has relied on other institutions and individual researchers to document the flora of California but has help with some of those efforts by having local floras published. Even though the California flora is thought to be well researched and understood, the fact remains that there are many areas of the state unexplored or underexplored in relation to the botanical resources. To date, of the 58 counties in California, only 16 counties with published floras and three counties with no published botanical floristic works at all. Historically, local floras were the results of master’s or doctoral theses as part of botanist’s formal university education. With the demise of most formal botany programs in California and elsewhere, less floristic work is being conducted through our academic institutions, with most local floras being research and published by dedicated individuals. With the threats to the California flora imminent and increasing the need for baseline floristic research is becoming increasingly important. CNPS is embarking on a new project, the Local Floras Project, to facilitate the research and publication of local floras, focusing on the county level. To have a flora for each of the 58 counties, work has be started on the remaining 40 counties. To do this, CNPS has formed a Local Flora Committee of interested botanists from academia, consultants, amateur and professional botanists, supported by CNPS staff. This committee is charged with identifying the range of tools available to develop preliminary checklists of plants for the study are to detailed methods and approaches to research the local flora in detail, then to publish the results of that research. This will be a collaborative project with many entities. Our goal is to have published floras for all California counties by 2030.

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California local floras program at the California Native Plant Society

1 - P.O. Box 1539, P.O. Box 1539, P.O. Box 1539, Cedar Ridge, CA, 95924, United States

County-level floristics

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P2, Floristics & Taxonomy Posters
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM(EDT)
Number: P2FT019
Abstract ID:1150
Candidate for Awards:None

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