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We have just finished a major update to the BFS Plant List. Nomenclature has been updated to conform to The Jepson Manual, 2nd ed., CalPhotos links will now bring up photos of both the old and new names, links to herbarium specimen data have been updated, and BFS photo links now point to the BFS Photo Database, which has now been populated with many more plant photos. Please visit the plant list and check out all the new links!

In addition, we have added a number of new taxa to the list. The additions come from discovering voucher specimens in herbaria, a focused effort to identify more the aquatic plants around pHake Lake, identification of more of the exotic species around the classroom and infirmary, several surveys of BFS plants, and folks who just notice things! We’d especially like to thank Justin Wood, Leroy Gross, Kristen Hasenstab, Erika Gardner, Dan Cooper, and Jane Strong for identifying new plants.

A new addition – Lepidum virginicum var. robinsonii (Robinson's Peppergrass) – a California Native Plant Society rare plant. © Nancy Hamlett.

New additions:

  • Amaranthaceae
    • Amaranthus blitoides (Procumbent Pigweed)
  • Asteraceae
    • Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth Cat’s-Ear)
    • Lactuca serriola (Prickly Lettuce)
    • Sonchus oleraceus (Common Sow Thistle)
  • Boraginaceae
    • Cryptantha barbigera (Bearded Cryptantha)
    • Cryptantha micrantha (Redroot Cryptantha)
    • Cryptantha micromeres (Minute-flowered Cryptantha)
    • Cryptantha muricata var. denticulata (Prickly-Nut Cryptantha)
    • Cryptantha nevadensis var. rigida (Rigid Cryptantha)
  • Brassicaceae
    • Brassica tournefortii (Sahara Mustard)
    • Descurainia pinnata (Western Tansy-Mustard)
    • Lepidium virginicum var. robinsonii (Robinson’s Peppergrass) – listed as “Rare” by the California Native Plan Society.
      (In The Jepson Manual, 2nd ed., this variety has been lumped with two others into Lepidium virginicum ssp. menziesii.)
    • Sisymbrium orientale (Indian Hedgemustard, Eastern Rocket)
  • Fabaceae
    • Caesalpinia gilliesii (Bird-of-Paradise Shrub)
    • Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)
  • Grossulariaceae
    • Ribes amarum (Bitter Gooseberry)
  • Lythraceae
    • Lythrum hyssopifolia (Hyssop Loosestrife)
  • Montiaceae
    • Claytonia parviflora ssp. parviflora (Streambank Springbeauty)
  • Myrtaceae
    • Eucalyptus sideroxylon (Red Iron Bark)
  • Oleaceae
    • Forestiera pubescens (Desert Olive)
  • Onagraceae
    • Epilobium ciliatum (Willowherb)
    • Ludwigia repens (Water Primrose)
  • Polemoniaceae
    • Gilia angelensis (Chaparral Gilia)
    • Navarretia atractyloides (Hollyleaf Navarretia)
  • Polygonaceae
    • Persicaria hydropiperoides (False Waterpepper)
    • Polygonum monspeliensis (Annual Beard Grass, Rabbitfoot Grass)
  • Sapindaceae
    • Koelreuteria bipinnata (Chinese Flame-Tree)
  • Solanaceae
    • Solanum umbelliferum (Bluewitch)
  • Zygophyllaceae
    • Tribulus terrestris (Puncture Vine)
  • Araceae
    • Wolffiella lingulata (Tongueshape Mud-Midget)
  • Arecaceae
    • Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm)
  • Asparagaceae
    • Asparagus asparagoides (Bridal Creeper)
  • Cyperaceae
    • Cyperus eragrostis (Tall Flatsedge)
    • Isolepis cernua (Low Bulrush)
  • Pinaceae
    • Pinus bungeana (Lacebark Pine)

Another new addition -- Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine). ©Nancy Hamlett.


  • Asteraceae
    • Centaurea solstitialis – not present on the BFS. Plants previously identified as C. solstitialis are actually Centaurea melitensis.
  • Montiaceae
    • Claytonia perfoliata (Miner’s Lettuce) – mis-identification of Claytonia parviflora ssp. parviflora

A plant with a new name – carpets of Camissoniopsis bistorta (California Sun Cup) lining the road in the 'Neck'. ©Nancy Hamlett

Name changes:

  • Adoxaceae
    • Sambucus mexicana (Blue Elderberry) to Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
  • Anacardiaceae
    • Rhus trilobata (Skunkbush or Basketbush) to Rhus aromatica
  • Apocynaceae
    • Sarcostemma cynanchoides ssp. hartwegii (Climbing Milkweed) to Funastrum cynanchoides var. hartwegii
  • Asteraceae
    • Baccharis emoryi (Emory Baccharis) to Baccharis salicina
    • Conyza Canadensis (Horseweed) to Erigeron canadensis
    • Lessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia (California Aster) to Corethrogyne filaginifolia
    • Filago gallica (Narrowleaf Cottonrose) to Logfia gallica
    • Gnaphalium bicolor (Cudweed, Two-tone Everlasting) to Pseudognaphalium biolettii
    • Gnaphalium californicum (California Cudweed) to Pseudognaphalium californicum
  • Boraginaceae
    • Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia (Common Fiddleneck) to Amsinckia intermedia
    • Heliotropium curassavicum (Salt Heliotrope) to Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
  • Cleomaceae
    • Isomeris arborea (Bladderpod) to Peritoma arborea
  • Cucurbitaceae
    • Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus (Man-Root, Wild Cucumber) to Marah macrocarpa
  • Fabaceae
    • Lotus hamatus (San Diego Bird’s-foot-trefoil) to Acmispon micranthus
    • Lotus scoparius var. brevialatus (Short-winged Deerweed) to Acmispon glaber var. brevialatus
    • Lotus scoparius var. scoparius (Deerweed) to Acmispon glaber var. glaber
    • Lotus strigosus (Bishop Lotus) to Acmispon strigosus
  • Gentianaceae
    • Centaurium venustum (Canchalagua) to Zeltnera venusta
  • Malvaceae
    • Fremontodendron californicum ssp. californicum (Flannelbush) to Fremontodendron californicum
  • Onagraceae
    • Camissonia bistorta (California Sun Cup) to Camissoniopsis bistorta
    • Camissonia californica (Mustard Evening-Primrose) to Eulobus californicus
  • Polygonaceae
    • Polygonum punctatum (Dotted Smartweed) to Persicaria punctata
  • Rhamnaceae
    • Rhamnus californica ssp. californica (California Coffeeberry) to Frangula californica ssp. californica
  • Cyperaceae
    • Scirpus sp. (Bulrush) to Schoenoplectus sp. (Naked-stemmed Bulrush)
  • Poaceae
    • Leymus condensatus (Giant Wild-Rye) to Elymus condensatus
    • Vulpia myuros var. hirsute (Foxtail Fescue) to Festuca myuros
  • Potamogetonaceae
    • Potamogeton pectinatus (Fennel-leaf Pondweed) to Stuckenia pectinata

Family reassignments:

  • Brassicaceae
    • Peritoma arborea (formerly Isomeris arborea) to Cleomaceae
  • Portulacaceae
    • Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maids) and Claytonia parviflora ssp. parviflora to Montiaceae
  • Primulaceae
    • Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel) to Myrsinaceae
  • Liliaceae
    • Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum (California Soap Plant) to Agavaceae
    • Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum (Blue Dicks) to Themidaceae
  • Lemnaceae
    • Lemna valdiviana (Duckweed) to Araceae

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