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Adolf Ceska aceska at victoria.tc.ca
Mon Aug 20 20:37:27 EST 2001

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No. 272                              August 20, 2001

aceska at victoria.tc.ca                Victoria, B.C.
 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2

From: Ann Garibaldi [anng at uvic.ca]

I'm a graduate student at the University of Victoria looking for
distribution  information  for  _Sagittaria  latifolia_  and _S.
cuneata_ in interior British Columbia. In addition to performing
a replanting study for _Sagittaria_ in  an  interior  freshwater
marsh,  I'm hoping to gain a better understanding of the current
distribution of  the  plant  in  B.C.  I've  obtained  herbarium
records  for  the  plant  in  the province, but any supplemental
information about its  distribution  in  B.C.  and  observations
about  populations  would  be  most appreciated. I'd be happy to
provide more details about my research if interested.

Thanks in advance.

From: Adolf Ceska [aceska at victoria.tc.ca]

Williston, P. 2001. The Botrychiaceae of  Alberta.  Alberta  En-
   vironment,  Edmonton. v+57 p., 4 col. plates. ISBN 0-9688690-
   0-9 [soft cover]

   Those interested in owning a copy can simply  send  a  cheque
   for  $22.00 ($20.00 for the book + $2.00 for postage) payable
   to Patrick Williston to P.O. Box 4979, Smithers, B.C., Canada
   V0J 2N0.

   "'Moonwort madness' may be regarded by some  psychiatrists
   as  the  ultimate  in  lunacy.  Nevertheless, each year we
   learned about new patients  who  have  been  diagnosed  as
   having the disease."
   Herb  & Florence Wagner, "The Fiddlehead Forum" Volume 25,
   Number 4, September-October 1998.

Patrick Williston's inquisitive mind held a genetic  predisposi-
tion  for  "moonwort  madness".  This disease realised its acute
form when Patrick participated in one of the last of Prof.  Herb
Wagner's  moonwort  forays, in July 1999 to SE British Columbia.
Shortly after he presented a poster on "The  Ophioglossaceae  of
British  Columbia"  (with  Paula  Bartemucci) at the Botany 2000
meeting in Portland, Oregon (accompanied with a  19-page  treat-
ment   of   _Botrychium_  s.l.  and  _Ophioglossum_  in  British
Columbia). In winter 2001 he spent a week at the  University  of
Michigan  in Ann Arbor where he studied _Botrychium_ collections
of Drs. Herb and Florence Wagner.

In "The  Botrychiaceae  of  Alberta"  Patrick  Williston  treats
_Botrychium_   s.l.  as  three  separate  genera,  _Botrychium_,
_Sceptridium_,  and  _Botrypus_  and  as   a   separate   family
segregated  from  the  family  Ophioglossaceae.  He  provides an
identification key, descriptions, line drawings (all except  two
drawn  by  Patrick)  and  maps  of  Alberta distributions for 16
species and 1 hybrid that occur in Alberta with 2 other  species
that may be expected to occur there.

The  introductory  chapter contains a paragraph on moonwort mor-
phology, the history of _Botrychium_ research, and a summary  of
the  habitats  and  Notes  on troublesome determinations." Three
"essays" cover "The life history of  Botrychiaceae,"  "W.H.  and
F.S.  Wagner,"  and  "Fossils of the Botrychiaceae discovered in
Alberta." The bibliography section is  a  unique  collection  of
more than 200 references on Botrychiaceae worldwide. Four colour
plates provides photographs of all taxa treated in the booklet.

"That  is  an amazing little book," wrote Don Britton, Professor
Emeritus, University of Guelph, "I cannot see much  to  complain
about!" Neither can I. Congratulations, Patrick!

>From Adolf Ceska [aceska at victoria.tc.ca]

Flora Europaea on CD-ROM. Edited by The Flora Europaea Editorial
   Committee, prepared for CD-ROM publication by Dr. Siebe Jorna
   & Associates. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN
   0-521-77811-5 [CD-ROM]. Price: US$ 550.00 (or GBP 350.00)

   Available from:
   Cambridge University Press
   The Edinburgh Bldg., Cambridge CB2 2RU, United Kingdom
   40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA

Flora  Europaea  was  the  result  of  a monumental project that
started in 1956. The first volume was published in 1964, and the
fifth, final volume appeared in 1980. The first volume has  been
revised  and the revised edition appeared in 1993. The Editorial
Committee decided that it would not be feasible or desirable  to
continue  to  revise  volumes  2-5  and  this meant that no more
revisions  have  been  undertaken  or  are  planned  for   Flora

This  CD-ROM  contains  the full text of all the five volumes of
the Flora Europaea (Volume 1 in its revised version),  with  all
the  appendages  and supplementary texts. Added electronic index
and powerful search function make  the  navigation  through  the
text  quick  and  effortless.  Also added was an interactive key
that  starts  from  the  major  plant   groups   (Trachaeophyta,
Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms, and Angiosperms) and after a success-
ful  identification  of the family, ends up at the relevant page
of the Flora. Then you have to switch to the genus  and  species
keys  as  they were published in the Flora. A nifty feature is a
quick access to the Glossary. Definitions of botanical terms can
be called up directly, from descriptions in the text or from any
part of the interactive key.

This CD-ROM is an excellent reference, not only for the European
botanists, but also  for  the  whole  Northern  Hemisphere.  The
essential  taxonomic  treatment  of  European plants is set into
elegant, powerful and easy to use software, and I cannot  praise
this CD-ROM edition enough.

I  always  call for proletarian prices, but the cost of this CD-
ROM is not too high, when you realize that it  costs  less  than
three published volumes.

A  Site  Licence can be obtained for multiple users, LAN for GBP
700.00, WAN for GBP  1,000.00.  For  more  information  on  Site
Licence  contact  Jane  Crossland [jcrossland at cambridge.org], or
(North America) Laraine Karl [lkarl at cup.org].

System requirements: IBM PC or compatible, minimum 80486 proces-
   sor, 4 Mb free RAM, VGA monitor or better  set  to  800 x 600
   pixels  resolution,  WINDOWS  9x  operating  system.  WINDOWS
   compatible  CD-ROM  drive  and  Microsoft  CD-ROM  extensions
   (MSCDEX) version 2.0 or higher. The content of the CD-ROM can
   be  copied  to hard disk. This option requires at least 60 Mb
   of free space.

From: Adolf Ceska [aceska at victoria.tc.ca]

Hickey, M. & C. King. 2000. The Cambridge  illustrated  glossary
   of  botanical  terms.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
   UK. xii+208 p. ISBN 0-521-79080-8 [hardcover], ISBN 0-79401-3
   [softcover] Price: US$85.00 [hardcover], US$29.95 [softcover]

   Available from:
   Cambridge University Press
   The Edinburgh Bldg., Cambridge CB2 2RU, United Kingdom
   40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA

This  is  a  comprehensive  glossary  of  botanical  terms  that
provides definitions of over 2,400 terms used to  describe  vas-
cular  plants  (46  pages) and in 128 plates illustrates many of
them. The illustrations form the core of  this  publication  and
they are arranged according to the thematic groups (e.g., roots,
seeds, leaves, etc., and special families).

The  Cambridge  Glossary is more complete than my favourite "How
to identify plants" by Harrington and Durrell  (first  published
by  Sage  Books,  Denver, CO in 1957) but lacks many specialised
terms (such as phyllopodic/aphyllopodic  or  androgynous/gynaec-
androus  in sedges) that are listed in the "Plant identification
terminology: an  illustrated  glossary"  by  Harris  and  Harris
(first  published  by Spring Lake Publishing, Spring Lake, UT in

The advantage of The Cambridge Glossary is  that  the  illustra-
tions  show  morphological  features in their broader context. I
like that  the  authors  used  Eichlerian  floral  diagrams  for
several  families  and  I  regret that they did not give more of
them. I could see several inaccuracies in  a  few  terms  (e.g.,
pedicel  is  not  only a stalk of a single flower, but also - in
grasses - the stalk of a spikelet), but in spite of these,  this
publication  is  a  good  addition  to  the reference library of
everybody who wants or needs  to  understand  plant  descriptive

From: "James D. Morefield" [jdmore at govmail.state.nv.us]

The  Nevada  Rare Plant Atlas is a new publication of the Nevada
Natural Heritage Program (NNHP), with major funding provided  by
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It provides Nevada distribu-
tion  maps and fact sheets for 249 of the 297 plants and lichens
currently on the Sensitive and Watch lists of NNHP, with more to
be added or revised as future time and funding permit.

The fact sheets include information on conservation and  popula-
tion  status,  known threats and impacts, inventory effort, land
management, geographic range, habitat and elevations, phenology,
life form and habit, and descriptive and biological characteris-
tics. Sources of photographs and  drawings  are  also  cited  or
linked  when  known,  and  additional  literature  citations are
provided for further information on each taxon.

An on-line version of the Atlas is now linked to  the  NNHP  web
site at:
or is available directly at:

The  maps  and  fact  sheets  are  generated  by automated means
directly from the data currently entered in the NNHP  databases.
This means that relatively recent data for some taxa may not yet
be reflected in the Atlas, if they are still awaiting entry. The
on-line maps have much lower resolution than paper versions, but
should be sufficiently readable to meet most needs.

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