San Francisco Bay Estuary

A key to identifying the seeds of wetland species

This website was designed as part of a larger project which is examining climate and wetland changes in the last 10,000 years? It is intended to assist researchers in identifying seeds they find in sediment cores or samples, thus allowing them to date the occurrence of the particular species. Hopefully this site will be useful to others who need to identify wetland seeds.

The species included in this website were selected from a list of common vascular plants in tidal marshes of the San Francisco Bay Estuary included in Atwater et al, 1979. Both fresh and saltwater plants are included in the list. Scientific names follow Hickman, 1993. Common names are taken from Hickman, 1993; Mason, 1993; Faber.... The species are grouped alphabetically by family and can be viewed individually or as family.

Click here to view Seed List

References

Atwater et al. 1979. "History, Landforms, and Vegetation of the Estuary's Tidal Marshes."Pages 347-385 in T.J. Conomos, ed. San Francisco Bay: The Urbanized Estuary. Pacific Division, Amer. Assoc. Advance. Sci., San Francisco, CA.

Brousseau,

Hickman, C. James, ed. 1993. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA.

Mason, Herbert L. 1957. A Flora of the Marshes of California. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA.

Credits

WEBPAGE CREATOR:

Carol Schwendener
(cschwend@uclink2.berkeley.edu)

SUPERVISOR:



Roger Byrne
Dept. of Geography
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720?
(arbyrne@uclink4.berkeley.edu)

SCANNING ELECTRON MICROGRAPH
(SEM) IMAGES BY:



Darryl Ubick
Curatorial Assistant III, Entomology
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94?
(dubick@calacademy.org)

COMPUTER ASSISTANCE BY:

Michael May
(mmay@uclink2.berkeley.edu)