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New CNPS Online Inventory (8th Edition) Tips

October 2012

Did you know that you can search for plants based on blooming time in the new Online Inventory, 8th Edition? Not many plants in California are known to bloom in fall and winter months, especially in comparison to spring; however, you may be surprised to find out how many plants, particularly rare plants, actually do. Moreover, knowing the frequent blooming periods of rare plants is essential in performing adequately timed and effective surveys.

Searching by blooming times can be performed under the "Biology" subheading of the "Advanced Search" page in the Online Inventory. Once you make your way to the "Advanced Search" page, scroll to the bottom of the page where it says "Bloom Time" and click on the appropriate boxes next to the preferred month(s). When searching for a specific blooming time (i.e., the month you plan to do rare plant field surveys), it is always good to also select the preceding and following months of your target. This will ensure a more inclusive result set, since it is possible for plants to bloom earlier or later than expected in a given year.

Let’s select the months of October, November, and December as an example. At the time of writing, this brings up 270 results, as seen in the right hand column under "Total Matches." That’s quite a large number of plants in bloom for this time of year, and a great excuse to get outside this fall and winter and continue to botanize!

For additional information about rare plant blooming times, and/or other functions of the Online Inventory, 8th Edition, please contact the author at author at 916/324-3816, asims@cnps.org.

Selecting Considered But Rejected plants in the new Online Inventory.
Selecting blooming times in the new Online Inventory.


Results of search showing Considered But Rejected list
Results of search showing plants with blooming times in October, November, and/or December.

 

May 2012

Did you know that you can now search for plants that have been Considered But Rejected (CBR) in the new Online Inventory, 8th Edition? Plants that have been Considered But Rejected in the Inventory include those that were previously included in the Inventory, but have been deleted, as well as plants that were reviewed for addition to the Inventory, but were rejected for inclusion due to a variety of reasons (e.g. being too common).

Reviewing the CBR list allows users to know which plants the CNPS Rare Plant Program has evaluated in the past, and includes a basic reason as to why the plants have been rejected. The CBR list currently contains 742 plants and continues to grow as the Rare Plant Program evaluates more and more potential changes and proposed additions to the Inventory.

The full list of CBR plants can be searched for in the “Simple Search” page (http://www.rareplants.cnps.org/simple.html) of the new Online Inventory. Once you are there, check the box next to “Considered But Rejected” under the California Rare Plant Rank search criteria and hit “Search”. You now have access to a full list of CBR plants which you can then export to excel, or you can click on individual plant names to find out the reason it was rejected for inclusion in the Inventory.

Selecting Considered But Rejected plants in the new Online Inventory.
Selecting Considered But Rejected plants in the new Online Inventory.


Results of search showing Considered But Rejected list
Results of search showing Considered But Rejected list

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