Botanical Inventory

Harvard Century PlantI created this page for two reasons. My scientific training began with botanical origins. Early interests in plants, especially trees, inspired me to begin a university tract in forestry. For several reasons, that path was altered over the years to plant science and ultimately plant and invertebrate biology (field and research). I still have an innate fascination for plants, especially wild vegetation (including fungi and lichens).

As a biologist and naturalist, I am very concerned about how climate change is affecting, and will alter ecological systems and biodiversity. Of course, the Chihuahua desert is of special interest, and little attention is directed to the desert regions of our globes. Everyone, especially the media, is focused on more comfortable human habitats than global deserts.

Small surveys and inventories exist for sub-regions of the Chihuahuan desert, although most focus on specific genera than a complete database. How existing surveys can be consolidated into a baseline database for native and exotic plants in the Chihuahua desert would require significant time and research and is beyond my means. My attempts to add to any such database is more a singular Citizen Science contribution, aided by my training and experience as a scientist.  However, a busy life also relegates me to infrequent postings.

The Chihuahuan Desert Plant Survey mission was started on Project Noah as a collaborative effort for people to upload annotated plant sitings within the Chihuahuan Desert. An earlier blog post describes the project and provides a link to the mission on Project Noah. Readers, and anyone else, is welcome to contribute.

At the least, I hope this meager collection might serve readers to help identify plants of their findings.

Resources:

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center.  A subsidiary of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute

Chihuahuan Desert Plants. Plant database of the Centennial Museum’s Chihuahuan Desert website, University of Texas at El Paso.

USDA Plant Database. The most current and comprehensive plant database for the US.

Gypsophilic plants.  Web page and site for Dr. Mike Moore of Oberlin College in Ohio. His research focuses on gypsum-loving plants in Chihuahuan Desert. (Thanks to Adam Haberman, friend and former colleague, for heads-up on Moore’s group)

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