CPC Pollinators of Rare Plants Database
We can’t save plants without knowing their pollinators.
Given their essential role in plant reproduction, pollinators are critical to sustaining both native and agricultural ecosystems. Consequently, reintroduction of rare plants into natural landscapes relies critically on the availability of pollen vectors. To aid conservation practitioners in the identifying pollen vectors of rare plants, the Center for Plant Conservation has compiled a pollinator database of plant-pollinator interactions, through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This database contains plant-pollinator pairs from the grey and academic literature, complete with links to pollinator references. Search by plant or pollinator name to find and download the plant-animal interactions that are key to maintaining rare plant populations.
We thank the San Diego Zoo Volunteer Program for hundreds of hours of data entry into our innovative web-based Caspio data entry portal.
Download data sets by either plant or pollinator through the search & download tabs below and click here to download the Pollinator Database Dictionary that explains the column names.
Cirsium pollinated by hummingbird (Photo Credit: Daniela Roth)
Use Our Web App to Explore Pollinator Data!
Pollinator data can only save plants if conservation practitioners use it. To increase the usefulness and interactivity of this database, we created a series of data visualization tools in an open source web app developed in R Shiny. Through this explorer, users can view interactive networks of plants and pollinators, search phylogenetic patterns in plant-pollinator interactions, and find a “common garden” of plants that may share pollinators with focal rare plants. See the explorer below or open explorer in a new window.
Initial development on this web app was conducted by San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research summer fellow, Kara Powell, under the mentorship of CPC data scientist Dr. Katie Heineman. Kara is an ecology major at University of California San Diego. We thank the Frabotta Foundation for funding her internship.
Want to Contribute Pollinator Data?
Contact CPC data scientist Katie Heineman at email@example.com. Members of CPC Participating Institutions can input pollinator data through our PI portal, here.
Pollinator Network Visualization using R Shiny App