Database Version 03-28-16
344 Species
2544 Photographs

The "Floristic Region" covered by this web site can be artificially broken into two distinct jurisdictional regions, the Cabrillo National Monument (CNM), and a larger area including the nearby undeveloped lands of the peninsula, much of which is under restricted access. This larger area is generally referred to as the "Point Loma Ecological Conservation Area" (PLECA) and is the area actually covered by this site. The reason for including these nearby undeveloped lands is that they are immediately adjacent to the Park Service lands and plants found on one side of the fence are potentially to be found on the other as well. If you download the companion iPhone Application it has a function for restricting to plants currently known to exist within the Park.

Much of the content on this flower web site has been copied from the Santa Monica Mountains NRA flower web site. The plants from these two close National Parks have been judged in most cases to be similar enough that this should cause minimal confusion. However, while the Cabrillo NM does shares a large portion of its flora with SMM, it also has a strong Baja California influence. Where there might be differences we usually have noted the possibility that the CNM plants may look somewhat different than their SMM cousins. Over the last several years we have spent a great deal of time looking for plants specific to CABR but there is still a list of about 80 that have eluded us. Sadly, the drought of recent years has all but halted this process, but we nevertheless hope to whittle away at the list of missing species.

This mobile version was specifically designed for users of hand held devices with small displays like smart phones and tablets, but it also works quite well when viewed with a regular computer. Several people have told me that it is their preferred version and it is the only one they use. It has all of the content and most of the features of the "standard" version. One advantage is that it tends to run faster because the content has been streamlined so that smaller devices with their limited resource don't bog down.

Access to the plants available on this site is by way of a set of tables of names or through the Flower Finder. These tables of names (or the Tables of Contents, TOC) come in three versions: a table with only Common Names, a table composed of only Scientific Names, and a table composed of the scientific names but sorted by Family Names. If your browser supports tool tips you can use your mouse to "hover" over an entry in any of the tables to cross-reference the names (this "hover" feature is actually built into many aspects of this web site.) The links in these tables lead to a web page featuring details of the plant listed. Because of the large size of these tables it can be quicker to find the plant you want by searching for it rather than scrolling through the lists. Most web browsers support searching the current web page (often called "finding") via the Edit menu or by pressing the key combination Ctrl F. It is also possible to access the grasses or the ferns through their own separate TOC.

Each web page featuring a plant includes the scientific name, the family name, and at least one common name. In addition, we provide the approximate location, habitat, and date that the plant was photographed. If more than one common name is given we will capitalize the one which we have cross-referenced to the scientific name. In almost all cases the main scientific name shown is from the second edition of  The Jepson Manual, TJM2. Below the main entry there may also be a name listed from the first edition, TJM1, and in some instances from the  Flora of North America, FNA, as well. In rare cases names may be included from other non-specified sources under the heading "Other scientific names." An asterisk (*) placed after a name denotes a non-native. The links to the Next Species and Previous Species at the top of each page are to the next or previous plant as ordered by scientific name sorted by families. The two tables of abbreviated names at the top of each page are for plant families, and then below that the species within the current family. These links make it possible to navigate to any other plant on this site with a maximum of two clicks (assuming you know the family it belongs to and its scientific name.) Again, hovering your mouse over these abbreviations opens a tool-tip with the full name of the abbreviated item. In almost all cases you can scroll down to see more pictures of the plant.

The common names have been pulled from many different sources including printed materials, electronic databases, and common usage. There are over 1000 common names listed for the 340 plant species included in the website. In no way should this listing be considered complete even within the locale of Southern California. The main disadvantage of including multiple common names for each plant is the much larger list of names to hunt through to locate a particular plant. To assist with that we have included an index at the top of the table and a number of internal page jump links throughout the table. Look for the jump arrows   <   and   >   to speed navigation within the table. Another assist is to include a small table of lowercase "second" letters after the main letter headings. You can click these to jump to the second letter of the names. An unavoidable disadvantage of including many common names is more cases where two or more different plants are referred to by the same name. These will appear as multiple outwardly identical entries in the list, but each link will have a different target plant. Generally the tool tips will explain how such outwardly identical entries actually differ. In cases where there is more than one common name for a plant we have capitalized the name we have chosen for the principal entry.

In the interest of saving space and minimizing confusion we have tried to eliminate spelling variations for the common names (for example, cobweb and cobwebby, or bind weed and bindweed and bind-weed). On the other hand we have deliberately included spelling variations if there are different common names that make use of a variable word. For example, Artemisia californica has common names "California sagebrush" and "coastal sage brush" listed for it hinting that different authorities treat the word(s) "sagebrush" differently. In a situation like this you might expect that both "California sage brush" and "coastal sagebrush" could be found as well. Some of the principal sources we have consulted for common names include Milt McAuley's Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains, The Jepson Manual, and the USDA. In many cases we have used McAuley's common name as the main entry since his excellent field guide is frequently used by local flower enthusiasts.

The thumbnail pages generated by the Search function available through the Flower Finder may have many pictures on them (in some cases several hundred pictures.) These large web pages can take several minutes to load over a slow internet connection. Depending on the settings of your web browser, this can lead to a "time-out" situation where some pictures may fail to load. In that case you can try refreshing the page, or alternatively, right click a missing picture and choosing 'Show Picture.' The arrangement of the thumbnails is alphabetically by family and within families by scientific name. The "Compact Version" of the Flower Finder is for users who do not need the usage notes to help them make selections. A final note about the Flower Finder is that it requires JavaScript to operate. If it is disabled in your web browser nothing will happen when you click the "Submit Search" button (it is unlikely that this will be a problem since almost all modern web browsers have this enabled by default.)

The table of contents for the family names has a set of symbols footnoting some of the entries. The symbols identify names that are not current in TJM2 (), and names that have not changed but are now under a different family (ƒ). There is a table summarizing this at the bottom of the table of contents for the families here. Note that the dagger symbol () is applied to the Genera and the Families only when those names are completely missing from TJM2, as in Nassella and Asclepiadaceae.

When photographing small flowers the camera was usually positioned as close to the flower as possible, often resulting in a greatly enlarged view of the flower. For plants with clusters of flowers we usually tried to focus on a single flower while still retaining enough of the cluster to indicate that it exists. All pictures containing a measurement grid employ a 1mm scale unless otherwise noted.

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