Sensitive Plants of Oak Woodlands
The tables list 130 sensitive plant species that occur on oak woodland habitats. "Sensitive" plants are those species that are considered rare, threatened, or endangered within California, whether or not they are state or federally listed. Sensitive plant species are listed in three categories: federally listed, state listed, and California Native Plant Society (CNPS) categories 1B and 2. Eight oak woodland plant species are federally listed as threatened or endangered, while the State of California has listed 42 as rare, threatened, or endangered. The federal Endangered Species Act establishes protection for federally listed species. Plants state-listed as rare, threatened, or endangered are protected under the Native Plant Protection Act or the California Endangered Species Act. CNPS maintains an inventory that evaluates native plants on their rarity, endangerment, and distribution. Only two of their five categories are included in this table: 1B and 2. Category '1B' is defined as rare or endangered in California and elsewhere, while category '2' is defined as rare and endangered in California; more common elsewhere. For a more thorough list of sensitive plant species and a detailed explanation of CNPS's inventory system, you may refer to the electronic or printed California Native Plant Society's INVENTORY of Rare and Endangered Vascular Plants of California (5th. Edition). You may also wish to attain a copy the California Department of Fish and Game's (CDFG) Special Plants List.