Contributing to the Second Edition of The Jepson Manual and to the Jepson Flora Project
Author update #1 (19 October 2004)
1) Author list We would like to make the Jepson Flora Project author list available on the Jepson Herbarium web site. If you would prefer that your name and/or email is not listed, please notify Margriet Wetherwax (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2) Micro grants Up to $1,000 per author will be available to support field work and some travel to herbaria to examine specimens. If you would like a copy of the grant guidelines, please contact Staci Markos (email@example.com).
3) Tehachapi Mountains Bioregion definition
(send questions to Jeff Greenhouse, firstname.lastname@example.org)
There appears to be long-standing confusion about the northern
limits of the Tehachapi Mountains bioregion as it was defined for the first
edition of The Jepson Manual (TJM1). As stated in the Geographic
Subdivisions of California section of TJM1 (p. 41), "Its boundary in the
north with s SNF is along Highway 58 through Tehachapi Pass." The boundary
of Teh will not change for TJM2 but, due to past confusion, we would like
authors to carefully review distributions which include Teh (see action
The confusion has come about at least partly because the varied
geographical concepts of the Tehachapi Mountains and The Jepson Manual's
bioregion concept of Teh are not the same. Other publications and agencies
have variously defined the Tehachapi Mountains to include the Caliente
watershed, north of State Route 58 (by Twisselmann) or to extend only as
far north as Cummings Valley, south of State Route 58 (by USGS). In TJM1
the choice of the highway as the north boundary of Teh was made by the
Editors and has been followed by the Jepson Flora Project.
It is likely that further confusion arose because Teh, as defined by the bioregion map and accompanying description that appeared in the Contributors' Guide for TJM1 as well as in the Introduction to The Jepson Manual (a publication separate from and earlier than TJM1), extended farther to the north than Teh as it later was defined in TJM1. In both the Contributor's Guide for TJM1 and the Introduction, Caliente-Lake Isabella Road and Highway 178 constituted the boundary between Teh and the southern districts of SNF and SNH, respectively, whereas in TJM1, as indicated above, Highway 58 comprises the boundary between Teh and s SNF. As a result of this confusion, some distributions in TJM1 indicate Teh when the plants, in fact, occur no farther south than Highway 58, and therefore are in s SNF instead.
If any distributions of your plant species currently include Teh,
it is important that you verify that they actually do occur there (south of
State Route 58). If not, then Teh should be removed from, and possibly sSNF added to, the TJM2 distribution.
4) Synonymy update (send questions to Tom Rosatti, email@example.com)
In addition to existing guidelines regarding which synonyms to include in your treatment
(use this link to locate the relevant page in the Guide:
it is especially critical that all names used for taxa recognized in the Inventory of Rare and Endangered Vascular Plants of California, as maintained by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) at http://www.cnps.org/inventory/, as well as such names in the The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB), available at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/whdab/html/cnddb.html, be accounted for in some way in your treatment. Each and every name used (but not synonym given) for recognized taxa in these CNPS and CNDDB resources must appear in your treatment, either as a name for a recognized taxon, or as a synonym of such a name. In a cover letter accompanying your treatment, any and all differences between your taxonomy and those employed in these resources are to be explained.