Over the years, Dr. David Keil, professor emeritus Cal Poly-SLO, has documented the plants of California with an emphasis on plants of San Luis Obispo County and nearby regions. Recently, Dave offered to make the majority of his plants lists for this region available to CNPS-SLO and they now reside on the Chapter’s website. These lists represent a mountain of work, where he has carefully noted every species occurring in a particular area and later revisited the area to add and/or modify his findings. Some of us have been fortunate to accompany him on one of his “plant list” field trips. He starts with a clipboard and about ten pages of blank paper. At the end of the visit, the pages are full, written in a notation style only he can decipher. Those notes are then transcribed by Dave into lists. So, thank you Dave for allowing us to share in this treasure trove of data, which is now available for generations to come. To access the website domain containing these lists, go to www.cnpsslo.org, then to the pulldown menu “Resources” and then to “Finding Plants in the Wild”. And while you’re there, go to the “Home” page and scroll down to the green box opposite the calendar and sign up to receive e-mails about upcoming Chapter events.
Editor’s Addition: The plant lists described by Bill are PDF files and require a PDF reader. Dr. Keil’s lists present species with native/introduced in the first column, latin binomials in alphabetic order in the second column, common name in the third column, and family in the fourth column. If you wish to sort these lists in a different order, such as by family, you can select data on the PDF and paste it into an Excel spreadsheet, selecting only sections of the PDF with the plant data (i.e. do not include explanatory text, or page numbers). When you paste into Excel, you will see that each of Dr. Keil’s data lines will occupy two rows of the spreadsheet, one of which will contain no data. Ignore this. To sort in Excel, select the cells to include in the sort (sort is part of the ‘Data’ pulldown). Sort only works if all the cells are the same size, which is why you don’t copy/paste parts of the original PDF.