Oakmead Herbarium and Collections
The earliest known plant collections from the Jasper Ridge area are from the 1860s. Originally part of Volney Rattan's herbarium, the specimen sheets are conserved in the Preserve's Oakmead Herbarium and have the location Searsville. Over the intervening 150 years numerous workers have cumulatively reported more than 900 different vascular plants and 77 bryophytes, and since 2000, the herbarium group has added to the herbarium nearly 1,000 specimens of plants and lichens. There are, however, other and perhaps more significant measures of the richness of the Preserve's flora . . . read more about locally rare plants.
Today the Oakmead Herbarium and Collections of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JROH) has 6,000+ vouchers of most bryophytes, lichens, and 800+ vascular plants representing 10% of the 7,600+ terminal taxa (species, subspecies, varieties) native or naturalized in California.* Specimen records are in the Consortium of California Herbaria.
Learn more about the Oakmead Herbarium Group
- Vascular Plant List
- Phylogentic guide to Jasper Ridge Vascular Plant Families | Jepson eFlora Phylogenetic Index
- Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Serpentine Flora
- JRBP Poales E-Flora
- C4 species at JRBP
- Plants of Searsville Lake and Wetlands South of Searsville Lake
- Jasper Ridge Global Change Experiment Plant List 2012
- Plants in the local flora with nitrogen-fixing symbionts
- Bryophyte Checklist
- Field characters of some bryophytes
- The Mosses of Stanford University and Vicinity
- Renshaw, D. 2019. Common Lichens of Jasper Ridge (Note: 36 MB file, may download slowly).
- Preliminary Lichen Checklist (Excel)
- Doel, J. 1996. Key to the commoner lichens on Jasper Ridge.
- Tucker, S. 2014. Catalog of Lichens, Lichenicoles and Allied Fungi in California. Includes links to photographs
- Photos of some Jasper Ridge lichens
- Cheney, C. Introduction to JRBP Native Trees
- Corelli, T. Woody Plants at Jasper Ridge
- Derrer, Teal. Notable Spring Wildflowers in the Serpentine Bunchgrass Grassland and adjacent Oak Woodlands. Photographs by Alice Cummings.
- Oakmead Herbarium. Plant photo favorites and Virtual tour
- Oakmead Herbarium. Plants in the local flora with nitrogen-fixing symbionts
- Oakmead Herbarium. Plant Family Characteristics
- Oakmead Herbarium. Selected Plant List by Family
- Rawlings and Renshaw. Simple Willow identification guide: leaf comparison and variation
- Renshaw, D. Common Lichens of Jasper Ridge
- Renshaw, D. Fall Trees and Shrubs of Jasper Ridge
- Floral Postcards
- Calflora Great Places
- Herbarium Group
- Floristic Statistics (2012). N.B. 11/2021 CCH2 vouchered vascular flora: 103 families | 444 genera | 641 species | 844 total taxa (including ssp. and var.)
- Additions to the vascular flora 2000-
- Disappearances and declines & Intervention ecology now?
- Weeds, including Herbarium weeding projects, Arrival dates of some naturalized grasses
- Jasper Ridge place names
Maps & Vegetation Surveys
- Special Status: Rare.kmz and Dirca.kmz | Locally Rare (.kmz) | Watch List (.kmz)
- Willow sampling in marsh and creeks
- Vegetation Map rev. 2016 (Affiliates)
- Geology Map (Affiliates)
- Sector Map Book (Affiliates)
- Herb Dengler Place Names + Google Earth version (Affiliates)
- Insolation Map
- William Cooper Transect
- Herb Dengler Vegetation Transect 1953 (Affiliates)
- Preserve Trails 1/1982 | 1/1985 | 12/1988
- CNPS Vegetation Rapid Assessments 2008
- San Mateo Countywide Vegetation Assessment, Data Portal: Fine Scale Veg Map; Veg Key; Preserve data sheets
- Santa Clara-Santa Cruz Countywide Vegetation Assessment, Data Portal: Project Update
- Map Archive Index (Affiliates)
Rare Plants and CNPS Rank
- Allium peninsulare Greene var. franciscanum McNeal & Ownbey [Rank 1B.2] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere)
- Amsinckia lunaris J. F. Macbr. [Rank 1B.2] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere)
- Arabis blepharophylla Hook. & Arn. [Rank 4.3] (limited distribution)
- Dirca occidentalis A. Gray [Rank 1B.2] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere)
- Eryngium jepsonii J.M. Coult. & Rose [Rank 1B.2] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere) (only San Mateo Co. loc)
- Lessingia hololeuca Greene [Rank 3] (review list)
- Malacothamnus fasciculatus (Torr. & A. Gray) Greene [Rank 1B.2] (syn. M. arcuatus -- rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere)
- Monolopia gracilens A. Gray [Rank 1B.2] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere)
- Piperia michaelii (Greene) Rydb. [Rank 4.2] (limited distribution)
- Plagiobothrys chorisianus (Cham.) I.M. Johnst. var. hickmanii (Greene) I.M. Johnst. [Rank 4.2] (limited distribution)
- Trifolium amoenum Greene [Rank 1B.1] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere)
Locally Rare plants in San Mateo Co. and Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion
* While scientific names follow TJM2 and supplements, we also include plants and/or names not treated therein. Following the Marin Flora, 2nd ed, 2007: “We include here as naturalized species those that are established and have a true competitive status without cultivation whether the plant is aggressively spreading or seems only passively and locally established. . . . Experience has shown that the waifs of today may become the weeds of tomorrow". We also include named hybrids not given taxonomic status in TJM2, e.g., Elymus x hansenii, Quercus x jolonensis.
Photographs for most plants 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 Calflora, the historical 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 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. Jasper Ridge grassland-related research is surveyed in Stromberg, M. et al. (2007) California Grasslands Ecology and Management and Lunch (2009) Primary production at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.