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Old 03-15-2002, 11:26 AM
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Default Local Plant Communities of the North Coast - website

I made a new website which describesspecific local plant communities inthe coastal counties of Northern California,based on data from CalFlora. The site is here:

CalFlora collects observations ofCalifornia native plants from a variety of sources.By categorizing these observations according to locationand date, it is possible to infer specific local plant communities--that is, sets of plants that are likely to grow near one another.

Given a specific plant, this website will show what otherplants have been observed growing near that plant.

One way this data can useful is to help with plantidentification. If you see an interesting set of plantsgrowing in some location, and you can identify one ofthe plants there, then you can look that plantup on the website and find out what other plants typicallygrow near the plant you know. This relatively short listmay make it easier to identify the other plantsgrowing at that location.

Another way this data can useful is to suggest what plantsare likely to do well together for gardening or restorationpurposes.

Forest Service data is one of the real gems of theCalFlora collection. There is so much of itmore than 18,000 records for Mendocino Countythat it allows an almost statistical approach toidentifying native plant communities. For instance,the Shared Location Count page on the website showshow many locations one species has in common withvarious other species, on a county-by-county basis.

The website currently covers Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino,Sonoma, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.</p>
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