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Adolf Ceska aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Tue Apr 9 04:17:53 EST 1996


                                                   
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No. 133                              April 9, 1996

aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca        Victoria, B.C.
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 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
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BOTANICAL EVENTS IN VICTORIA

April  14,  1996 (Sunday): Flower Appreciation Day. Guided walks
   at Thetis Lake Park at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.

April 16, 1996 (Tuesday): Botany Night. Mike Ryan will  talk  on
   "British  Columbia  rare bryophytes." Swan Lake Nature House,
   7:30 p.m.

April 19 + 20, 1996 (Friday p.m. and Saturday): Vancouver Island
   Rock and Alpine Garden Society -  Spring  Show.  St.  Mary's,
   1701 Elgin Street, Oak Bay. Friday 2:00 - 9:00 p.m., Saturday
   10:00  a.m.  -  4:00  p.m.  Plant sale Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
   Admission $2.00.

April 20  +  21,  1996  (Saturday  and  Sunday):  Gardening  for
   Wildlife. Native plant gardening demonstration and sale. Swan
   Lake Nature Sanctuary, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

April 27, 1996 (Saturday): Native Plant Garden Tour. Self-guided
   tour  through  eleven  Victoria  gardens  that feature native
   plants and low water use. 10:00 a.m.  to  4:00  p.m.  Tickets
   $5.00,  available  in  major  bookstores  and garden centres.
   Organized by the Native Plants Study Group  of  the  Victoria
   Horticultural Society. Call 598-2909 or 598-5329, if you need
   more information.


ETHNOBOTANICAL STUDY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
From: Mary Stensvold <ping at ptialaska.net>

Jeff  McKinney of Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri
is studying ethnobotany in southeastern Alaska. He has  been  in
southeastern since March 1995, and is working in both Hoonah and
Sitka.  His  research focuses on the medicinal uses of plants by
the Tlingit people. He can be reached at Box 6465, Sitka, Alaska
99835, or at: mckinney at wustlb.wustl.edu.


APRIL 2 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES
From: DARWIN at steffi.uncg.edu originally on
    darwin-l at ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

APRIL 2, 1747: JOHANN JACOB DILLENIUS dies at  Oxford,  England,
after  an attack of apoplexy. Born in Germany in 1687, Dillenius
studied medicine at Giessen and was eventually appointed  doctor
to  the  town.  His  interest  in botany won him election to the
Caesare Leopoldina-Carolina Academia Naturae  Curiosum,  and  he
soon  published a flora of the region around Giessen, "Catalogus
plantarum circa Gissam sponte nascentium"  (Frankfurt  am  Main,
1718). Because Dillenius was critical of Bachmann, whose botani-
cal  system  was  then  popular, he did not find favor in German
systematic circles, and he emigrated to England in 1721  at  the
invitation  of  William  Sherard, who hired Dillenius to work on
his botanical encyclopedia. In England Dillenius was  elected  a
fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1724 he oversaw the publica-
tion  of  the  final  edition of John Ray's "Synopsis plantarum"
(London, 1724). He played host to  Linnaeus  in  1736  when  the
Swedish   botanist   visited  Oxford,  and  published  "Historia
muscorum", an influential study of the cryptogams, in 1741.  His
herbarium will be preserved in the collections of Oxford Univer-
sity.

[Today  in  the Historical Sciences is a feature of Darwin-L, an
international network discussion group on the history and theory
of the historical sciences. Send the message  INFO  DARWIN-L  to
listserv at ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu  or  connect  to  the Darwin-L Web
Server (http://rjohara.uncg.edu) for more information.]


NEW BOOK: THE WILD ORCHIDS OF CALIFORNIA

Coleman, Ronald A. 1995. The wild orchids  of  California.  Com-
   stock   Publishing   Associates,  Cornell  University  Press,
   Ithaca, NY. 201 p.  ISBN  0-8014-3012-7  [hard  cover]  Price
   US$45.00.

"This profusely illustrated field guide covers the 32 species of
orchids  that  grow  wild  in  California.  The  first  book  on
California's native orchids, it will be a valuable resource  for
professionals and hobyists alike."

"...  To  help readers identify the orchids, 129 exquisite color
photographs show close-up details of the flowers, as well as the
leaves, seed capsules, and habitats. Distribution maps  document
the  counties  in  which  the species grow. ... Coleman includes
keys to the genera  and  species,  and  discusses  the  relative
rarity  of  the  different flowers and the threats to their con-
tinued existence in the wild."


RARE VASCULAR PLANTS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA - ONLINE (RELEASE 3)
From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at cue.bc.ca>

The publication "The rare vascular plants of  British  Columbia"
(Straley,  G.  B.  et  al. 1985. - Syllogeus 59: 1-165) has been
available on gopher freenet.victoria.bc.ca for  some  time  (cf.
BEN # 70, Feb 14, 1994). The data are WAIS searchable, i.e., you
can  search for the plant name (no common names, though), or for
any words mentioned in the text (e.g., Victoria, Nanaimo, etc.).
The search is limited to twenty successful hits.

The CONSERVATION DATA CENTRE vascular plant tracking lists  (RED
and BLUE as of February 29, 1996, YELLOW as of January 28, 1994)
were  added  to  the file and listed in the field called "BC CDC
status." The CDC tracking lists change continuously due  to  new
data  acquisitions  from herbaria and field work. Please request
an updated version from the Conservation  Data  Centre  if  your
work warrants it.

I  added  a  field  with  SYNONYMS for those taxa that have been
known under different names. In order to facilitate searches,  I
included  some orthographic variants (e.g. Carex hystericina vs.
C. hystricina).

I would like to thank Gerald Straley for his permission  to  use
this  list  on  the  gopher,  to  Bob  Scheer  for  his computer
transcription of the original publication, and to George Douglas
for providing Conservation Data Centre status ratings.


SUPRAGENERIC NAMES OF VASCULAR PLANTS
From: James L. Reveal <James_L_Reveal at umail.umd.edu>
    originally posted on TAXACOM <taxacom at cmsa.berkeley.edu>

The  INDICES  NOMINUM  SUPRAGENERICORUM  PLANTARUM   VASCULARIUM
databases,  being  prepared by the International Association for
Plant Taxonomy and the Norton- Brown Herbarium at the University
of  Maryland  in  cooperation  with  the  National  Agricultural
Library,  has been updated with several additions. The databases
are available at:

http://matrix.nal.usda.gov:8080/star/supragenericname.html

The first database is a listing of names above the rank of genus
for extant vascular plants. To date, the literature  up  to  ap-
proximately  1860  has  been  consulted.  As  in  the past, only
validly published and legitimate names are reported. Also, it is
important to remember that the data are being constantly changed
as more and more literature is reviewed.

The second database attempts to provide  a  concordance  of  all
family  names  according to modern authors in an expanded format
from that presented in the first volume of FLORA NORTH  AMERICA.
All  of  the  family  names  are validly published (or currently
treated in App. IIB of the Code)  as  if  validly  published.  A
number of additional names are in the process of being validated
by myself and others. These will be added when available.

The  third  database  is  a  summary,  at  the  family level, of
numerous systems of classification, namely  those  presented  by
Brummitt   (1992),  Cronquist  (1981,  1988),  Dahlgren  (1989a,
1989b), Greuter et  al.  (1993),  Gunn  et  al.  (1992),  Thorne
(1992a, 1992b), Watson & Dallwitz (1991, 1995+) and Wielgorskaya
(1995).  My own views are also presented. Linear arrangments are
given for Cronquist, Dahlgren, Reveal and Thorne; the others are
alphabetical listings.

A new addition to this database are links to the family descrip-
tions available online  by  Watson  &  Dallwitz,  the  USDA/GRIN
generic  listings  being compiled by John Wiersema, and a series
of illustrations from a variety of sites.

The fourth database is new. The linear sequences  of  Cronquist,
Dahlgren  and  Thorne  are  outlined  in  detail at the ranks of
division, subdivision, classes, subclass, superorder, order  and
family  as  appropriate.  By changing formats from one author to
another, and from one level of ranks to another, it is  possible
to  do  a  comparative  review  of  different  portions  of each
author's system of classification.

In preparing this  database,  a  surprisingly  large  number  of
commonly  used  names  were  found  not to be validly published.
While several are listed here, a full citation is not yet avail-
able for several. As these names have been  in  common  use  for
years (in some cases nearly 30 years!), their continued use here
is only a matter of convenience.

HELP buttons with useful (hopefully) information is available on
all  databases.  As  before, additions, corrections and comments
may be sent to me <James_L_Reveal at umail.umd.edu> directly.

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