Plant list

Desert Flower
Claret cup cactus, Sweeney Granite Mountains Reserve / Photo by Lobsang Wangdu

This is a list of all 3,330 plant species known to occur at NRS reserves in 2010. The list was compiled from existing plant lists for each of the reserves. The taxonomy and nomenclature reflects the nomenclature for each species in use at that time.


The plant list below was compiled by Brian P. Haggerty and Susan J. Mazer of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara, in support of the California Phenology Project. Users are invited to submit any problems they might encounter in the dataset, such as misspellings or more recent taxonomic findings, to the authors.

About the data

This PDF contains an introduction to the dataset, the number of plant species found in each reserve, and a list of the most widespread plants.

Plant list

This Excel spreadsheet contains

  • An overview of the list
  • A global list of each species at each of the reserves
  • A list of unique plant species across the reserve system
  • A list of plant species alongside temperature, elevation, and precipitation measures from each reserve
  • A table of the most widespread species

Other reserve plant lists

Since the NRS-wide plant list was compiled in 2010, several more reserves have joined the NRS. Links to available plant lists for these newer reserves can be found below.

Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve
White Mountain Research Center



UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity virtual herbarium