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This web site supports a continuing effort to consolidate information related to the plant life of the Baja peninsula. Content will expand as funds allow.

Central Desert
The Flora
of
Baja California


Sponsored by:
San Diego Natural History Museum

With support from the JiJi Foundation

Department of Botany
Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D., Curator


San Diego Natural History Museum
Botany Department
PO Box 121390
San Diego, CA 92112-1390
Phone: 619.255.0229

Coulterella capitata (Asteraceae)
North of La Paz at Tecolote Beach

This is a website dedicated to the plant life, the flora, of the Baja California states of Mexico and related islands. (Read a website overview.)  Users can search among nearly 86,000 specimens from the SDNHM herbarium as well as six other herbaria including the two major institutions of Baja California and Baja California Sur.

The web site presents nearly 5000 digital images of Baja California voucher specimens from the museum's collection funded by the Wallace Research Foundation. Additional images from the other participating herbaria are included when a representative SD specimen is not available. All current voucher scans are being done in high resolution. Users can view the high resolution scans on the web site or download the image directly. Over 400 high-res scans are currently available.

The Botany Dept. of the San Diego Natural History Museum has a collection of over 40,000 35mm slides of the plants of Baja California, many taken prior to 1980. A project to digitize these slides is underway, funded by the Longino family of Tucson Arizona. Additionally, we continue to add photographs from Dr. Rebman's expeditions into the Baja California peninsula. As of October 2014, 30,820 of these photographs are available at this site.

Parts of this web site, including database search and mapping, are restricted for the sole use of the curators of the participating herbaria. This restriction will remain in place until the completion of Dr. Rebman's research leading to a new comprehensive checklist of the vascular plants of the Baja California peninsula. The new checklist will include scientific names, common names, both English and Spanish, synonyms, and references to taxonomic literature on the approximately 4000 plant taxa that are either native or have naturalized on the peninsula and local islands. Upon publication of the checklist, the website login restrictions will be removed and the data available to the public.

Baja California Plant Field Guide
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