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This ethnobotanical guide begins by focusing on the northwestern portion of the Great Basin, specifically in and around Surprise Valley, CA. Included species are characteristic of the region and were selected because they play a significant role in past and present human lifeways. Common, scientific, and traditional plant names, ethnobotanical uses, habitat and distribution information are provided. Choose a plant from the list below to begin.
The database is a work in progress that will grow as plant species are added and new information becomes available. It has been made possible by a collaboration between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM Applegate Field Office), the Natural History Museum of Utah and the many knowledgeable people who contribute to our database. While providing basic information for plant identification, users should consult a regional flora guide such as the Jepson Manual of Higher Plants of California, or the Intermountain Flora for necessary technical guidance. Plant nomenclature conforms to the USDA NRCS Plants Database (http://plants.usda.gov/java/). Plant distribution maps are provided with permission from the Biota of North America Program (http://www.bonap.org/). Webpages were designed by Avery Uslaner and botanical advice was provided by Dr. Bruce Pavlik (Red Butte Garden, Utah).For further information contact Dr. Nicole Herzog or Dr. Lisbeth Louderback (NHMU; Department of Anthropology, University of Utah).