Joined: Mar 30, 2017 Last Active: Jun 9, 2023 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since November 2021

Botanist with an interest in California-endemic plants and native communities. Interested in conservation biology and community ecology. Some knowledge of basidiomycete taxa, eager to learn more about birds, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.

Currently interested in differentiating local (Monterey Bay Region) Arctostaphylos, Quercus, Diplacus, and other tricky genera (Lupinus, Eriogonum, etc).

My notifications (@yerbasanta) were off until late October 2022, so if I missed your message or request for ID, it was not intentional! Feel free to tag me on observations in the Monterey Bay area.

Quick tips for what to document for plant ID

1) Please photograph the underside of leaves! This helps a surprising amount for identifying oaks in particular (as well as many other plant species)

2) Acorns and acorn caps attached to the plant

3) Trunk texture

4) Overall habit: Branching pattern, height, canopy spread

1) Reveal and photograph the keel petal (hidden within the wings) to document the hairs (if any) on the upper and lower surface along the entire length.

Keel image:

2) Guide to documenting lupines in more detail (including calyx, banner spots, etc):


1 Area beneath flowers (involucre/hypanthium/calyx): this is surprisingly helpful, especially for ROSACEAE, ASTERACEAE, GROSSULARIACEAE, PAPAVERACEAE etc.etc

2 Basal and stem leaves

3 Close-up of stamens, carpels, petals

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Annotating old observations for flowering/not QUICKLINK:

IDing old observations:

list by plant species host:
searchable database by plant host:

ID Fort Ord:

Burned Landscapes of California (ADD observations manually):

Leaf morphology (glossary):

eJepson (taxonomic keys in CA):

CalFlora (search by county for species presence/absence):

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Diplacus I (Forum):
Diplacus II (Taxon changes I):
Diplacus III (Discussion) :
Diplacus IV (Taxon changes II:
Diplacus V (Section Diplacus):

Diplacus Key:
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