Welcome to the Isla Vista Ethnobotany Project

Here you can discover edible, medicinal, and useful plants on the UCSB campus and in Isla Vista. We hope this site will help you get out and learn more about the plants in our area, but make sure not to take any unnecessary risks if you are unsure about a plant. When identifying and collecting plants, check listed information to ensure correct location and identification of plant species. Many of these plants are watered with reclaimed water, so remember to always wash your plant collections before use or consumption.  Finally, please respect the plants, private property, and the hard work done by the UCSB grounds crew and restoration groups. More about the Project.

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We would like to recognize that UCSB and IV are located on unceded Indigenous Chumash ancestral lands.  On this site we highlight some of the rich ethnobtoany and ecological knowledge of the Chumash and encourage respectful engagement with all plants, particularly native plants and those in the Chumash gardens and protected areas. 

Lemonade Berry

 

Miner's Lettuce

Kumquot

Bluedick

Blackberry

Ice Plant

Lavender

Ice Plant

sourgrass

Sourgrass

pickleweed

Pickleweed

natal plum

Natal Plum

nasturtium

Nasturtium

firethorn

Firethorn

Bunya bunya Pine 

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