Plants of
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Taxonomy of California Plants List

Last updated 6 Feb 2014

MISSION TRAILS PARK: Inland Sage Scrub, Chaparral, & Disturbed

  1. Hesperoyucca whipplei --- Our Lord's Candle --- Agavaceae
  2. Malosma laurina --- Laurel Sumac --- Anacardiaceae
  3. Artemisia californica --- Coastal Sagebrush --- Asteraceae
  4. Baccharis sarothroides --- Broom Baccharis --- Asteraceae
  5. Bahiopsis laciniata --- San Diego Sunflower --- Asteraceae 
  6. Gutierrezia sarothrae --- Broom Matchweed/Snakeweed --- Asteraceae
  7. Hazardia squarrosa --- Saw-tooth Goldenbush --- Asteraceae
  8. Porophyllum gracile --- Odora --- Asteraceae
  9. Hirschfeldia incana --- Short-Pod Mustard --- Brassicaceae
10. Cylindropuntia prolifera --- Coast Cholla --- Cactaceae
11. Marah macrocarpa var. macrocarpa --- Manroot, Wild-Cucumber --- Cucurbitaceae
12. Xylococcus bicolor --- Mission Manzanita --- Ericaceae
13. Euphorbia polycarpa [Chamaesyce p.]--- Snakeroot --- Euphorbiaceae
14. Acmispon glaber var. glaber [Lotus scoparius var. s.] --- Deerweed --- Fabaceae
15. Salvia mellifera --- Black Sage --- Lamiaceae
16. Diplacus puniceus [Mimulus aurantiacus] --- Coast Monkeyflower --- Phrymaceae
17. Eriogonum fasciculatum var. fasciculatum --- California Buckwheat --- Polygonaceae
18. Cheilanthes newberryi --- California Cotton Fern --- Pteridaceae
19. Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata --- Bird's Foot Cliff-Brake --- Pteridaceae
20. Ceanothus tomentosus --- Ramona-Lilac --- Rhamnaceae
21. Rhamnus crocea --- Spiny Redberry --- Rhamnaceae
22. Adenostoma fasciculatum --- Chamise --- Rosaceae
23. Selaginella bigelovii --- Bigelow's Spike-Moss --- Selaginellaceae
24. Selaginella cinerascens --- Mesa Spike-Moss --- Selaginellaceae

MISSION TRAILS PARK: Riparian Woodland
25. Baccharis salicifolia subsp. salicifolia --- Mule Fat, Seep-Willow --- Asteraceae
26. Platanus racemosa --- Western Sycamore --- Platanaceae
27. Populus fremontii subsp. fremontii --- Western Cottonwood --- Salicaceae
28. Salix lasiolepis --- Arroyo Willow --- Salicaceae

MISSION TRAILS PARK: Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral, & Oak Woodland
29. Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea --- Blue Elderberry --- Adoxaceae
30. Rhus integrifolia --- Lemonadeberry --- Anacardiaceae
31. Toxicodendron diversilobum --- Western Poison-Oak --- Anacardiaceae
32. Isocoma menziesii var. vernonioides --- Goldenbush --- Asteraceae
33. Quercus agrifolia var. agrifolia --- Coast Live Oak --- Fagaceae
34. Erodium botrys --- Long-Beak Filaree/Storksbill --- Geraniaceae
35. Erodium cicutarium --- Red-Stem Filarre/Storksbill --- Geraniaceae
36. Erodium moschatum --- White-Stem Filaree/Storksbill --- Geraniaceae
37. Ribes indecorum --- White Flower Currant --- Grossulariaceae
38. Salvia apiana --- White Sage --- Lamiaceae
39. Malacothamnus fasciculatus --- Chaparral Bushmallow --- Malvaceae
40. Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata --- Miner's Lettuce --- Montiaceae
41. Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia --- Coastal Wishbone Plant --- Nyctaginaceae
42. Avena barbata --- Slender Wild Oat --- Poaceae
43. Bromus diandrus --- Ripgut Grass --- Poaceae
44. Bromus rubens --- Foxtail Chess --- Poaceae
45. Stipa pulchra --- Purple Needlegrass --- Poaceae
46. Pentagramma triangularis subsp. maxonii --- Goldback/Silverback Fern --- Pteridaceae
47. Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum --- Fendler's Meadow-Rue --- Ranunculaceae
48. Cercocarpus minutiflorus --- San Diego Mountain-Mahogany --- Rosaceae
49. Heteromeles arbutifolia --- Toyon, Christmas Berry --- Rosaceae
50. Prunus ilicifolia subsp. ilicifolia --- Islay, Holly-Leaf Cherry --- Rosaceae
51. Dichelostemma capitatum subsp. capitatum --- Blue Dicks --- Themidaceae

TORREY PINE STATE RESERVE: Torrey Pine Woodland, Inland Sage Scrub, Chaparral, & Coastal Strand
52. Yucca schidigera --- Mohave Yucca -- Agavaceae
53. Lomatium lucidum --- Apiaceae
54. Encelia californica --- California Encelia --- Asteraceae
55. Eriophyllum confertiflorum --- Long-Stem Golden-Yarrow --- Asteraceae
56. Leptosyne maritima [Coreopsis m.] --- Sea-Dahlia --- Asteraceae
57. Cryptantha intermedia --- Nievitas Cryptantha --- Boraginaceae
58. Eriodictyon crassifolium var. crassifolium --- Yerba Santa --- Boraginaceae
59. Phacelia distans --- Phacelia --- Boraginaceae
60. Cardamine californica var. californica --- Milkmaids, Toothwort --- Brassicaceae
61. Ferocactus viridescens var. viridescens --- Coast Barrel Cactus --- Cactaceae
62. Opuntia littoralis --- Coastal Prickly-Pear --- Cactaceae
63. Peritoma arborea var. arborea --- Bladderpod --- Cleomaceae
64. Calystegia macrostegia subsp. intermedia --- Morning-Glory --- Convolvulaceae
65. Dudleya edulis --- Ladies' Fingers --- Crassulaceae
66. Dudleya lanceolata --- Coastal Dudleya --- Crassulaceae
67. Quercus dumosa --- Nuttall's Scrub Oak --- Fagaceae
68. Abronia umbellata subsp. umbellata --- Beach Sand Verbena --- Nyctaginaceae
69. Dendromecon rigida --- Bush-Poppy --- Papaveraceae
70. Eschscholzia californica --- California Poppy --- Papaveraceae
71. Pinus torreyana --- Torrey Pine --- Pinaceae
72. Linanthus dianthiflorus --- --- Polemoniaceae
73. Polypodium californicum --- California Polypody --- Polypodiaceae
74. Ceanothus verrucosus --- Wart-Stem-Lilac --- Rhamnaceae
75. Galium angustifolium subsp. angustifolium --- Narrow-Leaf Bedstraw --- Rubiaceae
76. Cneoridium dumosum --- Coast Spice Bush, Bush-Rue --- Rutaceae
77. Solanum parishii --- Parish's Nightshade --- Solanaceae

ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK: Cool Canyon
Creosote Bush Scrub, Dry Desert Wash, Succulent Desert Scrub
78. Agave deserti --- Desert Agave --- Agavaceae
52. Yucca schidigera --- Mohave Yucca -- Agavaceae
79. Ambrosia dumosa --- White Bur-Sage/Burro-Weed --- Asteraceae
80. Ambrosia salsola var. s. --- Cheesebush, Burrobrush --- Asteraceae
81. Bahiopsis parishii --- Parish's Golden-Eyes
82. Bebbia juncea --- Rush Sweetbush
83. Encelia farinosa --- Brittlebush, Incienso --- Asteraceae
84. Cylindropuntia ganderi --- Gander's Cholla -- Cactaceae
85. Echinocereus engelmannii --- Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus --- Cactaceae
86. Ferocactus cylindraceus --- California Barrel Cactus --- Cactaceae
87. Mammillaria dioica --- Fish-Hook Cactus --- Cactaceae
88. Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris --- Beavertail Cactus --- Cactaceae
89. Juniperus californica --- California Juniper --- Cupressaceae
90. Ephedra sp. --- Mormon-Tea --- Ephedraceae
91. Senegalia greggii [Acacia greggii] --- Catclaw Acacia --- Fabaceae
92. Fouquieria splendens subsp. splendens --- Ocotillo --- Fouquieriaceae
35. Erodium cicutarium --- Red-Stem Filarre/Storksbill --- Geraniaceae
93. Krameria bicolor [K. grayi] --- White Ratany --- Krameriaceae
94. Salvia columbariae --- Chia --- Lamiaceae
95. Simmondsia chinensis --- Jojoba, Goatnut --- Simmondsiaceae
96. Prunus fremontii --- Desert Apricot --- Rosaceae
97. Phoradendron californicum --- Desert Mistletoe --- Viscaceae
98. Larrea tridentata --- Creosote Bush --- Zygophyllaceae


ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK: Perennials
Creosote Bush Scrub, Dry Desert Wash, Succulent Desert Scrub, Alkaline Desert Wash
78. Justicia californica --- Chuparosa, Beloperone --- Acanthaceae
79. Agave deserti --- Desert Agave --- Agavaceae
80. Atriplex polycarpa --- Many-Fruit Saltbush --- Chenopodiaceae
81. Pilostyles thurberi --- Thurber's Pilostyles --- Apodanthaceae
82. Washingtonia filifera --- California Fan Palm --- Arecaceae
83. Ambrosia dumosa --- White Bur-Sage/Burro-Weed --- Asteraceae
84. Ambrosia salsola var. s. --- Cheesebush, Burrobrush --- Asteraceae
85. Encelia farinosa --- Brittlebush, Incienso --- Asteraceae
86. Chilopsis linearis subsp. arcuata --- Desert-Willow --- Bignoniaceae
87. Bursera microphylla --- Small-Leaf Elephant Tree, Torote --- Burseraceae
88. Cylindropuntia bigelovii --- Teddy-Bear/Jumping Cholla
89. Cylindropuntia ganderi --- Gander's Cholla
90. Echinocereus engelmannii --- Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus --- Cactaceae
91. Ferocactus cylindraceus --- California Barrel Cactus --- Cactaceae
92. Mammillaria dioica --- Fish-Hook Cactus --- Cactaceae
93. Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris --- Beavertail Cactus --- Cactaceae
94. Ephedra sp. --- Mormon-Tea --- Ephedraceae
95. Acalypha californica --- Copperleaf --- Euphorbiaceae
96. Senna armata --- Spiny Senna --- Fabaceae
97. Psorothamnus emoryi --- White-Dalea --- Fabaceae
98. Psorothamnus schottii --- Indigo Bush --- Fabaceae
99. Psorothamnus spinosus --- Smoke Tree --- Fabaceae
100. Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana --- Honey Mesquite --- Fabaceae
101. Senegalia greggii [Acacia greggii] --- Catclaw Acacia --- Fabaceae
102. Fouquieria splendens subsp. splendens --- Ocotillo --- Fouquieriaceae
103. Krameria bicolor [K. grayi] --- White Ratany --- Krameriaceae
104. Condea emoryi [Hyptis e.] --- Desert-Lavender --- Lamiaceae
105. Simmondsia chinensis --- Jojoba, Goatnut --- Simmondsiaceae
106. Prunus fremontii --- Desert Apricot --- Rosaceae
107. Phoradendron californicum --- Desert Mistletoe --- Viscaceae
108. Larrea tridentata --- Creosote Bush --- Zygophyllaceae

Pinyon Pine - Juniper Woodland
109. Juniperus californica --- California Juniper --- Cupressaceae
110. Quercus cornelius-mulleri --- Desert Scrub Oak --- Fagaceae
111. Pinus monophylla --- Single-Leaf Pinyon Pine --- Pinaceae
112. Coleogyne ramosissima --- Blackbush --- Rosaceae

Desert and Desert Transition: Annuals
Hesperocallis undulata --- Desert Lily --- Agavaceae
Chaenactis fremontii --- Desert Pincushion --- Asteraceae
Malacothrix glabrata --- Desert Dandelion --- Asteraceae
Palafoxia arida var. arida --- Desert Spanish Needles --- Asteraceae
Perityle emoryi --- Emory's Rock-Daisy --- Asteraceae
Dithyrea californica --- Spectacle-Pod --- Brassicaceae
Salvia columbariae --- Chia --- Lamiaceae
Abronia villosa --- Sand-Verbena --- Nyctaginaceae
Chylismia claviformis subsp. peirsonii --- Peirson's Evening Primose --- Onagraceae
Eremothera boothii subsp. condensata --- Desert Lanthern --- Onagraceae
Oenothera deltoides subsp. deltoides --- Dune Evening-Primrose --- Onagraceae
Eschscholzia minutiflora --- Pygmy Gold-Poppy --- Papaveraceae
Eschscholzia parishii --- Parish's Gold-Poppy --- Papaveraceae
Mimulus bigelovii var. bigelovii --- Desert Monkey Flower --- Phrymaceae
Mohavea confertiflora --- Ghost Flower --- Plantaginaceae
Chorizanthe brevicornu --- Brittle Spine Flower --- Polygonaceae
Eriogonum inflatum --- Desert Trumpet --- Polygonaceae

VERNAL POOL PLANTS
113. Eryngium aristulatum var. parishii --- San Diego Button-Celery --- Apiaceae
114. Cotula coronopifolia --- Brass Buttons --- Asteraceae
115. Psilocarphus brevissimus var. brevissimus --- Dwarf Woolly-Heads --- Asteraceae
115. Psilocarphus tenellus var. tenellus --- Slender Wooly-Heads --- Asteraceae
116. Plagiobothrys acanthocarpus --- Adobe Allocarya --- Boraginaceae
117. Downingia cuspidata --- Downingia --- Campanulaceae
118. Crassula aquatica --- Water Pygmy Weed --- Crassulaceae
119. Eleocharis macrostachya --- Spikerush --- Cyperaceae
120. Elatine brachysperma --- Waterwort --- Elatinaceae
121. Isoetes howellii --- Howell's Quillwort --- Isoetaceae
121. Isoetes orcuttii --- Orcutt's Quillwort --- Isoetaceae
122. Triglochin scilloides [Lilaea s.] --- Flowering Quill Wort --- Juncaginaceae
123. Pogogyne abramsii --- San Diego Mesa Mint --- Lamiaceae
124. Lythrum hyssopifolium --- Grass Poly --- Lythraceae
125. Pilularia americana --- American Pillwort --- Marsileaceae
126. Anagalis minima [Centunculus minimus] --- Chaffweed --- Myrsinaceae
127. Callitriche marginata --- Water-Starwort --- Plantaginaceae
128. Deschampsia danthonioides --- Annual Hairgrass --- Poaceae
129. Brodiaea orcuttii --- Orcutt's Brodiaea --- Themidaceae

VERNAL POOL ASSOCIATES (also found outside vernal pools)
130. Lasthenia gracilis --- Common Goldfields --- Asteraceae
131. Zeltnera venusta --- Canchalagua --- Gentianaceae
132. Sisyrinchium bellum --- Blue-Eyed-Grass --- Iridaceae
133. Castilleja densiflora subsp. gracilis --- Parish's Owl's-Clover --- Orobanchaceae
134. Castilleja exserta subsp. exserta --- Purple Owl's-Clover --- Orobanchaceae
135. Muilla maritima --- Coastal Muilla --- Themidaceae

TIJUANA ESTUARY
Salt Marsh & Coastal Strand
136. Arthrocnemum subterminale --- Parish's Pickleweed --- Chenopodiaceae
137. Salicornia pacifica --- Pacific Pickleweed --- Chenopodiaceae
136/137. Arthrocnemum subterminale and Salicornia pacifica --- Chenopodiaceae
138. Jaumea carnosa --- Salty Susan --- Asteraceae
139. Batis maritima --- Saltwort, Beachwort --- Bataceae
140. Cressa truxillensis --- Alkali Weed --- Convolvulaceae
141. Cuscuta pacifica --- Rough Saltmarsh Dodder --- Convolvulaceae
142. Frankenia salina --- Alkali-Heath --- Frankeniaceae
143. Triglochin maritima --- Arrow-Grass --- Juncaginaceae
144. Limonium californicum --- Western Marsh-Rosemary --- Plumbaginaceae
145. Distichlis littoralis --- Shoregrass --- Poaceae
146. Distichlis spicata --- Saltgrass --- Poaceae
147. Spartina foliosa --- California Cord Grass --- Poaceae
148. Lycium californicum --- California Desert Thorn --- Solanaceae

Freshwater/Brackish Marsh
149. Schoenoplectus californicus --- California Bulrush --- Cyperaceae
150. Juncus acutus subsp. leopoldii --- Southwestern Spiny Rush --- Juncaceae
151. Typha latifolia --- Broad-Leaf Cattail --- Typhaceae

COASTAL DUNE PLANTS
152. Ambrosia chamissonis --- Beach-Bur --- Asteraceae
153. Cakile maritima --- European Sea Rocket --- Brassicaceae
154. Abronia maritima --- Red Sand-Verbena --- Nyctaginaceae
155. Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia subsp. suffruticosa --- Beach Evening-Primrose --- Onagraceae

CUYAMACA & LAGUNA MTNS.:
Learn those in red for quizzes on 3 May field trip!
Forest, Meadow, and Riparian Woodland
156. Rhus aromatica --- Skunk Bush --- Anacardiaceae
157. Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus --- Snowberry --- Caprifoliaceae
158. Euonymus occidentalis var. parishii --- San Diego Burning Bush --- Celastraceae
159. Cornus sericea subsp. occidentalis --- Creek Dogwood --- Cornaceae
160. Calocedrus decurrens --- California Incense Cedar --- Cupressaceae
161. Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens --- Western Braken --- Dennstaedtiaceae
162. Equisetum arvense --- Common Horsetail --- Equisetaceae
163. Arctostaphylos pungens --- Point-Leaf Manzanita --- Ericaceae
164. Rhododendron occidentale --- Western Azalea --- Ericaceae
165. Lupinus bicolor --- Miniature Lupine -- Fabaceae
166. Quercus agrifolia var. oxyadenia --- Interior Coast Live Oak --- Fagaceae
167. Quercus chrysolepis --- Canyon Live Oak --- Fagaceae
168. Quercus kelloggii --- California Black Oak --- Fagaceae
169. Abies concolor --- White Fir --- Pinaceae
170. Pinus coulteri --- Coulter Pine --- Pinaceae
171. Pinus jeffreyi --- Jeffrey Pine --- Pinaceae
172. Pinus lambertiana --- Sugar Pine --- Pinaceae
173. Pinus ponderosa --- Pacific Ponderosa Pine --- Pinaceae
174. Bromus hordeaceus --- Soft Chess --- Poaceae
175. Bromus tectorum --- Cheat Grass, Downy Brome --- Poaceae
176. Muhlenbergia rigens --- Deer Grass --- Poaceae
177. Ceanothus palmeri --- Palmer's-Lilac --- Rhamnaceae
178. Frangula californica subsp. tomentella --- Chaparral Coffeeberry --- Rhamnaceae
179. Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides --- Birch-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany --- Rosaceae
180. Fragaria vesca --- California/Wood Strawberry --- Rosaceae
181. Prunus virginiana var. demissa --- Western Chokecherry --- Rosaceae
182. Rosa californica --- California Rose --- Rosaceae
183. Arceuthobium campylopodum --- Western Dwarf Mistletoe --- Viscaceae

Montane Chaparral
184. Rhus ovata --- Sugar Bush --- Anacardiaceae
185. Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. lanatum --- Hairy Yerba Santa --- Boraginaceae
186. Arctostaphylos glandulosa --- Manzanita --- Ericaceae
167.
Quercus chrysolepis --- Canyon Live Oak --- Fagaceae
187. Garrya flavescens --- Ashy Silk Tassel --- Garryaceae
188. Umbellularia californica --- California Bay --- Lauraceae 
 69. Dendromecon rigida --- Bush-Poppy --- Papaveraceae
189. Pinus quadrifolia --- Parry Pinyon --- Pinaceae
190. Ceanothus perplexans --- Cup-Leaf-Lilac --- Rhamnaceae
191. Ceanothus leucodermis --- Chaparral Whitethorn --- Rhamnaceae
179.
Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides --- Birch-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany --- Rosaceae
 50. Prunus ilicifolia subsp. ilicifolia --- Islay, Holly-Leaf Cherry --- Rosaceae

Sagebrush Chaparral
192. Artemisia tridentata --- Mountain Sagebrush --- Asteraceae