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Castilleja densiflora ssp. densiflora
Castilleja densiflora ssp. densiflora

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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 and 77 bryophytes. There are, however, other and perhaps more significant measures of the richness of the Preserves flora . . . read more

Today the Oakmead Herbarium and Collections of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JROH) has 5,400+ vouchers of 794 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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* 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 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 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 through 2008 is surveyed in Stromberg, M. et al. (2007) California Grasslands Ecology and Management and Lunch (2009) Primary production at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

Herbarium staff and affiliates in 2018: Nona Chiariello, JRBP Chief Scientist; Carl Cheney, Toni Corelli, Alice Cummings, Paul Heiple, Ann Lambrecht, Dawn Neisser, Vivian Neou, John Rawlings, Rebecca Reynolds, Diane Renshaw. Website created and maintained by John Rawlings.