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Oakmead Herbarium and Collections

Oakmead Herbarium Annual Report
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Vascular Plants | Bryophytes | Lichens
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Fading wildflowers? Disappearances and declines 

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

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Lichens, Fleshy Fungi

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Rare Plants and CNPS Rank 

Locally Rare plants in San Mateo Co. and Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion



* Native and non-native, naturalized vascular-plants known to occur—or have occurred (historical records are considred those more than 25 years ago)—in the area of the Preserve. Almost all plants (98%) are documented by one or more herbarium vouchers in the Oakmead Herbarium or, occasionally, in other herbaria; without an herbarium voucher, the identification of a taxon may remain in doubt. In a very few cases, because of small occurrence size, a taxon is represented by digital photographs and/or a partial collection, e.g., single flower displaying diagnostic characters (DOC in the "document type" field).  There are even fewer plants listed based solely on a report by qualified botanists (REP in the "document type" field). 

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. Historical observations from the Field Observations Database and the JRBP Poales E-Flora are being added to Calflora.

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

Credits: Calochortus argillosus Trail 15, Alice Cummings; Searsville Willow woodland, Anne Warren