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No. 133 April 9, 1996
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
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,
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.
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
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-
[Today in the Historical Sciences is a feature of Darwin-L, an
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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
"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.
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:
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
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.
Submissions, subscriptions, etc.: aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca
BEN is archived on gopher freenet.victoria.bc.ca. The URL is:
Also archived at http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/ben/