1. LOOKING UP A SINGLE SPECIES BY NAME
|Inventory Home Page
Visitors to the Inventory are often seeking information for one or more specific species.
Searching for one species at a time is simple and straightforward, especially if
you know the scientific name.
On the Inventory Home Page
first locate the "Quick Search Form" (arrow 1). Then type in the full name or the genus,
the "Search" button. The Inventory will display a list of records
that contain the words you typed. The species you want should be
found near the top of the list. Click on its "open" icon (arrow 2), and you
will be shown the full record for that species.
(Arrows 5 and 6 will be described later.)
To search for more than one species at a time, consult the
2. SEARCHING BY LOCATION, HABITAT, OR RARITY
|Checkbox and Preset search
Other users want to generate lists of species based on criteria, such as county,
blooming month, habitat, or CNPS rarity status. The easiest and most accurate
way for new users to generate lists of species is by using the
"Checkbox and Preset search"
page, which can be accessed via the side menu on
the Inventory Home Page.
There are two ways to use Checkbox and Preset search. One way is to
click directly on the link for a particular criterion (e.g., State listed, arrow 3).
The Inventory will display a list of all rare species in California that meet that
The second way is to use the page as a "web form": combine criteria by selecting from the
checkboxes, pull-down menus, and fill-in
boxes, and then click the "submit" button (arrow 4).
Additional search options are provided on the
page, but that topic is beyond the scope of our "Getting Started" introduction.
For information about the Query Builder, consult its help section, or see the
3. USING THE "PLANT PRESS", AND PRODUCING A REPORT
|bottom of a species record page
As you look up individual species or groups of species, you can copy
them to a private area called the "Plant Press"
(analagous to the "shopping cart" of online commerce). From the search
results, you can add names to the Plant Press by first marking the "save" checkboxes
(arrow 5, "Search results," above),
and then clicking the button marked "ADD checked items to Plant Press"
From an individual species record, you can add that species by clicking on the Plant Press icon
located in the bottom menu bar (arrow 7).
The Plant Press listing is similar in format to a regular search listing; it
displays only the scientific and common names, botanical family, and CNPS
list status. However, the Plant Press has a menu (arrow 8) that allows you to
display other sets of fields, in effect producing
"Status and Rarity," "Location," and "Ecological" reports.
Each time you visit the Inventory, you are given a new Plant Press, which you can use
for one hour. Additional report
formatting options are provided on the
4. CAN'T FIND A RECORD MATCHING THE SPECIES YOU SEEK?
- Is it a rare plant? The CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered
Plants includes only plants that CNPS currently regards as
meeting its rarity criteria. For information about the rating and review process,
visit the web pages
of the CNPS Rare Plant Program.
For information about common plants, you can explore the
"Looking for common plants?" link in the side menu on the Inventory
- Are you are searching by common name? Common names can vary
widely according to local usage, therefore, we may be using a
different common name than the one you are familiar
with. For an index of the common names used by the Inventory, click the
"Common Names" link in the side menu on the Inventory Home Page.
- Is your spelling correct, or has the scientific name changed?
Incorrect spelling, particularly of the genus, may sabotage your
search effort. If you suspect that the name for the plant has
changed, and that the Inventory is using a newer (or older)
scientific name than you are, you might want to consult the synonym
facilities at other sites, such as
Jepson Interchange or