The Flora of Baja California: Botanical Research and Succulent Diversity
The Baja California peninsula and its adjacent islands support a wealth of species diversity in many different plant families. As a result of data compiled in the annotated, voucher-based checklist of the vascular plants of the region published in 2016, we know there are approximately 4400 different plants, of which 26% are known only from (endemic to) the region.
Botanical surveys and collecting expeditions are important scientific endeavors that are conducted in order to: improve our natural history knowledge of little-known regions, make new botanical discoveries, facilitate conservation awareness, and improve binational collaboration. Over the last few years, Dr. Rebman has been involved in various expeditions to remote parts of the Baja California region and its adjacent islands. During these trips, some significant botanical discoveries have been made that impact our knowledge of the plants in these regions and provide us with new ideas on plant biogeography in desert areas of our region.
Biography: Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D. has been the Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed Chair/Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) since 1996. Dr. Rebman is a plant taxonomist and conducts extensive floristic research on the Baja California peninsula and in San Diego and Imperial counties of California. He leads various field classes and botanical expeditions each year and is actively naming new plant species from the region. His primary research interests have centered on the systematics of the Cactus family in Baja California, especially the genera Cylindropuntia (chollas) and Opuntia (prickly-pears).