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No. 130 March 19, 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, BRITISH COLUMBIA
March 19 (tonight): Botany Night of the Victoria Natural History
Society. Matt Fairbarns will talk on plants of SE Australia.
Swan Lake Nature House, 7:30 p.m.
March 21: Native Plants Study Group of the Victoria Horticul-
tural Society. Dr. Nancy Turner will give a talk on Eth-
nobotany of the Pacific Coast. University of Victoria,
Clearihue Building A 215, 7:00 pm.
March 22: UVIC Biology Seminar. Dr. Ken Marr will talk on
"Natural history of the Hawaiian Islands and recent sys-
tematic studies of Hawaiian plants." Cunningham Building Room
146, 3:00 p.m.
INAUGURAL MEETING: NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The inaugural meeting of the Native Plant Society of British
Columbia took place in Abbotsford on March 15, 1995. About fifty
people interested in native plants met and discussed the mission
statement and goals of the Society. A steering committee was
selected and its members should come back to the broad forum
with more definite picture of the organization. As many of you
will remember, the efforts of establishing the Native Plant
Society of British Columbia are not new, but this is first
really constructive step in this direction. Please contact me,
if you are interested in this organization. - Adolf Ceska
<aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca>
REPLY: TWO CULTURES - SCIENTISTS AND PLANT CULTIVATION
From: Robert Meinke <meinker at ava.bcc.orst.edu>
When we have propagated rare species for use in our research
here at Oregon State we've had excellent results -- contrary to
the implication in your message, we do know something about the
literature and techniques relating to native plant cultivation.
The fact of the matter is we've never tried to propagate Kal-
miopsis as part of our studies, as you stated. If we did, we
would indeed use cuttings (yes, we have heard of the practice!),
since the plants grow out of cliffs or bedrock and transplanting
is not feasible -- perhaps you didn't know this? I'm also very
aware of the horticultural literature available re: Kalmiopsis
(again, contrary to your assertion), and would make use of it if
it were actually pertinent to our work. However, as all of our
reproductive studies were accomplished in the field, this is
irrelevant. Out of curiosity, I've quizzed those in my lab
who've worked on this project (none are students, by the way),
and no one remembers speaking with you (or even knowing who you
are). I guess you must be getting your information second-hand
-- try checking with the source the next time you use someone
else's research to illustrate a point.
Robert J. Meinke, Assistant Professor and Program Leader (Plant
Conservation Biology), Department of Botany & Plant Pathology
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-2902 Phone:
[When I posted Loren Russell's article on BEN, I knew that his
accusations about the mass destruction of rare Oregon endemic
was very serious. I should have checked what had really hap-
pened, but I did not. The two cultures do exist, but there are
important bridges between them - I can name a number of profes-
sional botanists who are avid gardeners and usually a great
asset to their garden-only oriented counterparts. - Adolf Ceska]
FOUR NEW SPECIES OF ARABIS (BRASSICACEAEA) DESCRIBED FROM CANADA
Mulligan, G.A. 1995. Synopsis of the genus Arabis (Brassicaceae)
in Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Rhodora 97: 109-163.
This taxonomic treatment of Arabis recognizes 30 species. A
comprehensive key is provided for these species and 8 varieties.
Four new species are described: A. boivinii, A. calderi, A.
codyi, and A. murrayi. In addition, many other taxa are recorded
for the first time for this area. Cytological studies available
for 45 North American and Greenland species of Arabis are sum-
marized and discussed.
[In BEN # 108, July 31, 1995, George Douglas reported three of
the Mulligan's newly described species of Arabis as new for
BRYOPHYTES ON THE WEB - I
From: Barbara Crandall-Stotler <crandall at science.siu.edu>
originally posted on bryonet-l <bryonet-l at mtu.edu>
We have just posted a WebSite called Bryophytes at the address
This will accommodate the data of an on-going monograph of the
Fossombroniineae, but will also have some general information
about bryophytes. We will add text and photos to the page at
regular intervals. It is still in its "infancy," but it is a
BRYOPHYTES ON THE WEB - II
From: vespirus at violet.berkeley.edu
I have been adding all sites I've come across to a list at:
This is primarily for on-line collections (and is not restricted
to bryophytes), but the list also includes some keys, floras,
checklists, and image collections. I have been hoping to create
a more comprehensive page specifically for bryophytes, and would
appreciate any sites that people send to me. I haven't found
many bryophyte-related sites out there.
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/