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Oakmead Herbarium and Collections


Castilleja densiflora ssp. densiflora
Castilleja densiflora ssp. densiflora

Vascular Plant List
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The earliest known plant collections from the Jasper Ridge area are from 1867. Originally part of Volney Rattan's herbarium, the specimen sheets are conserved in the Preserve's herbarium and have the location Searsville. Over the intervening 145 years numerous workers have cumulatively reported more than 800 different vascular plants.

Today the Oakmead Herbarium and Collections of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JROH) has over 5,400 vouchers of 794 vascular plants representing 10% of the 7,600 terminal taxa (species, subspecies, varieties) currently recognized in California.* Specimen records are in the Consortium of California Herbaria. The herbarium also has representative collections of Preserve bryoflora and lichens.

Plant lists




* 794 minus 33 waifs and hybrids not given taxonomic status in TJM2 = 761 vascular plant taxa for JRBP and ~7,600 for California.

Photographs for most plants including location information are linked to the Vascular Plant List entries. In addition to specimen labels and maps on many JROH specimen sheets, location, flowering time, and abundance records may also be found in the Field Observations Database and the JRBP Poales E-Flora.

References relevant to the floristics of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve: The history of the herbarium is described by Thomas (1992) The Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Teaching and Reference Collection of Vascular Plants and Jewett (2005) Documenting Plant Diversity: Jasper Ridge's Herbarium. For Stanford's rich botany heritage see Timby (1998) The Dudley Herbarium: its origin, fate, and legacy at Stanford

Maps & Vegetation Surveys

Rare Plants: Scientific Name and  CNPS Ranking

Herbarium staff in 2016: Teri Barry, Carl Cheney, Nona Chiariello, Toni Corelli, Alice Cummings, Paul Heiple, Ann Lambrecht, John Rawlings, Rebecca Reynolds, Diane Renshaw