1. Enter search criteria in one or more of the query fields on the Search Database form. All query fields are optional. However, the more search fields used, the narrower (more specific) the search and the fewer the search results.
    • Group: Search on a group by entering a partial or complete group name. Group name choices are Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, Monocots, and Dicots.
    • Family: Search on family by entering partial or complete family name.
    • Scientific Name or Synonym: Search on the older Munz name, newer Jepson name, or a synonym. Partial names may be used, however, queries will match word boundaries only.
    • County: Search on county by entering a partial or complete county name.
    • State: Search on state by entering a partial or complete state name. For US states, enter the postal abbreviation. Provinces and cantons must be spelled out.
    • Country: Search on country by entering a partial or complete country name.
    • Location:Search on location by entering a word or phrase to reference the geographic location for a species. Records will only be retrieved by location criteria if the location specified on the original label matches the query.
      • A species found near the Merced River may be catalogued with a location of Merced River, Merced Rvr, Yosemite Valley, or Yosemite Vly. In this example, perform one query on Yosemite and another on Merced.
      • Check the "show in summary" checkbox to have the location shown in the search results list.
    • Habitat:Search on habitat by entering a text string or keywords separated by commas. The query on habitat is useful for locating species growing on certain soils, in certain communities, or in certain habitats such as vernal pools, aquatic, scree, etc. Also use this field to locate species found with certain other species.
      • When searching for species found in a moist habitat, enter the words moist, wet, water, aquatic
      • When searching for species found growing in serpentine or serpentenaceous soil, enter serpen

    Check the "show in summary" checkbox to have the habitat shown in the search results list.

  2. Submit your search request by clicking on the Search button at the bottom of the Search Database form. Response time will depend on your internet connectivity and the number of records retrieved. Please be patient in waiting for the results of a broad search to display. There are more than 14,000 records in our database!
  3. Select a Scientific Name from the search results list to view detailed information from the database. You may show more than one detailed record at a time by using the navigation buttons above and below the results list.