Rare Plants

Protecting the last of their kind


Photo credit: Alexander Kunz

Since its inception in 1968, the CNPS Rare Plant Program has been a trusted resource for scientific accuracy and integrity. CNPS rare plant data are widely accepted as the standard for information on the rarity and endangerment status of the California flora. Today, we are using these data to fight extinction, engage citizen scientists, and inform land use decisions statewide. Support CNPS plant science today!

In the San Diego chapter, we were concerned that amateurs could easily damage rare plants, so we created the rare plant survey group instead. Our idea was to volunteer to survey plants that were “falling through the cracks,” where there was no recent data on them, there was no money for a professional botanist to do surveys for them, and there was concern that they might be disappearing.

If you want to get involved, please email us and you will get contacted when projects and surveys are underway.