Since its inception in 1968, the CNPS Rare Plant Program has been a trusted resource for scientific accuracy and integrity. CNPS rare plant data are widely accepted as the standard for information on the rarity and endangerment status of the California flora. Today, we’re using these data to fight extinction, engage citizen scientists, and inform land use decisions statewide. Support CNPS plant science today!
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Get details on the CNPS ranking categories and how plants are assigned each rank.
These species are critical to the preservation of regional genetic diversity. Here’s what you should know.
A U.S. Forest Service Botanist wraps up her career with a new discovery while looking for rare plants after the 2018 Carr-Delta wildfires.
The governor's actions are among the first to unambiguously emphasize the critical importance of saving California’s native plants.
The Governor's new Biodiversity Initiative is a victory for native plants and a important validation of CNPS work.