Fighting extinction, building understanding
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!
Rare Plant Inventory
First published in 1974, the Inventory is a widely-accepted authoritative resource on California’s rare and endangered plants. Now in its 8th edition online, it continues to play an important role in scientific research, conservation planning, and the effective enforcement of environmental laws. Learn more about the Inventory or access it now.
Areas of Focus
Rare Plant Ranking & Review
Get details on the CNPS ranking categories and how plants are assigned each rank.
Locally Rare Plants
These species are critical to the preservation of regional genetic diversity. Here’s what you should know.
Rare Plant Treasure Hunts
Professionals and community scientists working to monitor and track our most vulnerable species.
Threatened by mining, California's tiny and rare Inyo rock daisy is in danger of losing its entire range.
Exploring the Kern River WatershedWe looked for rare plants, camped, hiked, went birdwatching, and found fire followers coming up in the French Fire burn area.
What a Rush! Collecting Juncus digitatus in Nevada CountyNamed for its distinctive fruits, the rare finger rush grows in vernally moist microhabitats and stands only a few centimeters tall.