California Flora Database (CalFlora)
Entry ID: CALFLORA

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Summary
Abstract: CalFlora is a comprehensive database of plant distribution information
for California, a web accessible, publicly available tool for
synthesis of data from disparate sources.

Calflora is designed to provide ready access to data needed to
identify critical issues in conservation of plant diversity at varying
scales and to analyze consequences of land use alternatives and
environmental change on distribution of native and exotic species. It
also serves research in ecology, botany, and conservation biology, as
well as providing an educational and informational resource for the
general public.

CalFlora is a community resource. It has been built by collaboration
among people and institutions who have each brought different ideas,
resources, and areas of expertise to our common effort. Funding for
Calflora mainly comes from grants and contracts from private
foundations, public agencies, and donations from private
individuals. The project welcomes new collaborators, data
contributors, and volunteers.

CalFlora Database Project is nonprofit organization dedicated to
providing information about California plants. CalFlora started as a
collaborative project of the USDA Forest Service, the UC Berkeley
Digital Library Project, the United States Geological Survey, the UC
Davis Information Center for the Environment, the Santa Barbara
Botanic Garden, and other organizations and individuals.

CalFlora has three interconnected components:

* Species Database
Summaries of geographic distribution, habitat, and lifeform data for
the approximately 8400 vascular plant taxa known to be native or
naturalized in California, based on published literature as well as
specific documented observations.

* Occurrence Database
Over 600,000 specific observations of plants at locations within
California, uniting data holdings of numerous public agencies,
herbaria, private organizations, and individuals.

* Nomenclature Database
Information on relationships between plants names as used by various
observers, past and present, serving as a tool for accessing and
summarizing occurrence observations as well as providing a stand-alone
source of historical information on usage of plant names in California.

The CalFlora Project was initiated in 1994 as part of the USDA Forest
Service-Kings River Ecosystem Project, in collaboration with the
California Native Plant Society and the UC Davis Information Center
for the Environment. Since 1997, the UC Digital Library Project has
been a major supporter and project participant. In 1999, the US
Geological Survey-Biological Resources Division and the California
Department of Transportation joined in supporting the CalFlora
Project. Other agencies participating as major data contributors have
included the USDA National Plant Data Center, the California
Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Department of Fish
and Game, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the UC Berkeley and Jepson
Herbaria, and others.

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: Access to the CalFlora Database


Geographic Coverage
 N: 42.51 S: 32.02  E: -113.61  W: -124.9

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: USDA
Dataset Title: California Flora Database
Dataset Release Date: 2000
Dataset Release Place: CA
Dataset Publisher: Digital Library Project, UC Berkeley
Data Presentation Form: online
Online Resource: http://www.calflora.org/


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2000-01-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > CALIFORNIA


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >CROP/PLANT YIELDS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >PLANT BREEDING AND GENETICS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >RECLAMATION/REVEGETATION/RESTORATION    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >WEEDS, NOXIOUS PLANTS OR INVASIVE PLANTS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >DECIDUOUS VEGETATION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >EXOTIC VEGETATION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >INDIGENOUS VEGETATION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >PLANT CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >VEGETATION SPECIES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >EVERGREEN VEGETATION    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >GYMNOSPERMS >CONIFERS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >FERNS AND ALLIES >FERNS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >ANGIOSPERMS (FLOWERING PLANTS)    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >MOSSES/HORNWORTS/LIVERWORTS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >FUNGI >LICHENS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >BIODIVERSITY FUNCTIONS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >INVASIVE SPECIES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
FARMING
BIOTA
ECONOMY
ENVIRONMENT


Keywords
Agriculture and Food Security > Biota >
Environmental Protection > Biodiversity
Environmental Protection > Biota >
Elevation Flora
Endangered Plants
Geographical Distributions
Plant Habitats
Taxa
Vascular Plants
Applied Sciences
Agricultural Sciences
Botany
Forestry
Horticulture
CONSERVATION


Originating Center
USDA


Data Center
Calflora    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.calflora.org/

Data Center Personnel
Name: CALFLORA
Email: calflora at calflora.org
Contact Address:
The Calflora Database
937 San Pablo Avenue
City: Albany
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94706
Country: USA


Publications/References
For a complete set of references, see:
http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=379724

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1998-01-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-03-16

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