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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 letters "PDF" or a four-letter code show up in blue font in the last column when a profile is complete and ready for download. Click on the blue PDF (or code) to obtain the desired file. More profiles will be added as they are completed, pending funding for continued work. Check regularly for updates: several profiles were recently revised, including those for California sagebrush, deerweed, black sage, and white sage, to reflect new information.

Lists of Plant Profiles


Common Name


Shrubs and Subshrubs:



 Acmispon glaber (Vogel) Brouillet (2017 Update) deerweed, California broomACGL

 Adenostoma fasciculatum Hooker & Arnott chamiseADFA 
 Artemisia californica Less. (2017 Update) California sagebrushARCA  
 Baccharis pilularis DC. coyote bush PDF 
 Ceanothus crassifolius Torr. hoaryleaf ceanothus  
 Ceanothus cuneatus (Hook.) Nutt. wedgeleaf ceanothus  
 Diplacus, the woody monkeyflower species bush monkey flowers PDF 
 Encelia californica Nutt. California encelia  
 Encelia farinosa A. Gray ex Torr. brittlebush PDF 
 Eriodictyon crassifolium Benth. thickleaf yerba santa ERCR 
 Eriodictyon trichocalyx Heller hairy yerba santa ERTR 
 Eriogonum fasciculatum Benth. (2018 Update) California buckwheat PDF 
 Eriophyllum confertiflorum (DC.) A. Gray golden yarrow PDF 
 Hesperoyucca whipplei (Torr.) Trel. chaparral yucca  
 Heteromeles arbutifolia (Lindl.) M. Roem. toyon HEAR 
 Isocoma menziesii (Hook. & Arn.) G. Nesom Menzies' goldenbush PDF 
 Iva hayesiana Gray San Diego marsh elder PDF 
 Lepidospartum squamatum (A. Gray) A. Gray scalebroom LESQ 
 Lotus scoparius  (see Acmispon glaber) deerweed

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

 Mimulus species- see Diplacus
 bush monkeyflowers

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

 Quercus berberidifolia Liebm.
 scrub oak

 Rhamnus crocea Nutt.
 spiny redberry

 Rhamnus ilicifolia Kellogg hollyleaf redberry  
 Rhus ovata S. Watson sugarbush RHOV 
 Salvia apiana Jeps. (2017 update) white sage SAAP 
 Salvia mellifera Greene (2017 update) black sage SAME 


Perennial Herbs:

 Abronia maritima Nutt. Ex S. Wats. red sand verbena PDF 
 Achillea millefolium L. common yarrow PDF 
 Corethrogyne filaginifolia (Hook & Arn.) Nutt common sand aster PDF  
 Iva axillaris Pursh ssp. robustior (Hook.) Bassett western poverty weed PDF 


Annual Herbs:

 Acmispon americanus (Nutt.) Rydb.  American birds-foot trefoil

 Acmispon strigosus (Nutt.) Brouillet strigose lotus  
 Amsinckia menziesii (Lehm.) Nels. & Macbr. common fiddleneck PDF 
 Cryptantha intermedia (Gray) Greene common cryptantha  
 Deinandra fasiculata (DC.) Greene fascicled tarplant PDF 
 Lasthenia californica Lindl. & L. gracilis (DC.) Green California goldfields PDF 
 Lupinus bicolor Lindl. miniature lupin  
 Salvia columbariae Benth. chia  
 Phacelia minor (Harv.) Thell wild Canterbury-bell  
 Plantago erecta Morris California plantain PDF 


Grasses and Sedges:

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

 Achnatherum speciosum (Trin. & Rupr.) Barkworth desert needlegrass  
 Bromus carinatus Hook. & Arn. California brome  
 Carex praegracilis W. Boott clustered field sedge  
 Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene saltgrass  
 Elymus glaucus Buckl. blue wildrye  
 Leymus triticoides (Buckl.) Pilger trailing wildrye  
 Nassella cernua (Steb. & Love) Barkw. nodding needlegrass  
 Nassella lepida (A. Hitchc.) Barkworth foothill needlegrass  
 Nassella pulchra (A. Hitchc.) Barkworth purple needlegrass PDF