BEN # 50

Adolf Ceska aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Mon Mar 1 10:34:00 EST 1993


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No. 50                            February 21, 1993

Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca         Victoria, B.C.
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ELVA LAWTON (1896 - 1993)
From: Melinda Denton <mdenton at u.washington.edu>
      [from <bryonet at uni-duisburg.de>]
      
Elva Lawton died February 3, 1993, at the age of 96, in Seattle,
Washington.  She retired from Hunter College in New York in 1959
after teaching 31 years and moved to Seattle, where she assumed
a Research Associate position in the Herbarium of the Department
of Botany at the University of Washington.  She collected and
studied mosses from western NA, and between 1962-1971, she
received grants from NSF to produce a regional moss flora.  The
comprehensive flora was published in 1971.  In addition to this,
she published 25 articles, of which 23 were on mosses.  Most of
these were written in the 34 years that she was associated with
UW.  She was able to work at the Herbarium nearly every day well
into her 90's. A dept. memorial service will be held in Seattle
on Monday, March 1. I have prepared a biography of her life,
including a list of publications.


DIE WEISSE ROSE VON KALIFORNIEN - SHASTA SNOW WREATH
From: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, NY Times, 
      San Francisco Chronicle, Novon

In May 1992 Dean Taylor and Glenn Clifton stopped at limestone
cliffs close to highway 299 east of Redding and found a shrub
that turned to be a new species of the genus Neviusia. The plant
was described as N. cliftonii (Novon 2: 285-289). Neviusia
belongs to Rosaceae, tribe Kerrieae, and its closest relatives
Kerria and Rhodotypos occur in eastern Asia. Neviusia was
considered a monotypic genus with a single rare species, N.
alabamensis, known only from several localities in AL, AR, GA, MS,
and TN. With one more day of additional field work,
botanists located two more populations of N. cliftonii
along Shasta Lake, all of them within a radius of about 15 miles.

No fossil records of Neviusia were reported, by just at the time
of discovery, Jack Wolfe and Wesley Wehr (Burke Museum in
Seattle, WA) decided that some fossil leaves from the Eocene
Princeton formation of British Columbia belonged in Neviusia.


JEPSON MANUAL
From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at cue.bc.ca>

I was in the UC herbarium in Berkeley last Friday, Feb. 26, and
the place was a bedlam. The printers had just delivered the
first shipment of the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California
for distribution to the general public. Everybody was running
around with a heavy brown cardboard box and the place was full
of excitement. Yes, the Jepson Manual is out !

I will tell you a little secret on how to get your copy. Send a
check for $45.00 payable to "Friends of the Jepson Herbarium"
and mail it to the Jepson Herbarium, University of California,
Berkeley, CA 94720 as a MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CONTRIBUTION. If you
send a contribution of $45 (or more), you will become a member
of the "Friends" and receive a complimentary copy of the Jepson
Manual. This offer expires April 1, 1993, and no, folks, this is
not an April joke. Please print your address and phone number on
your "membership renewal application" and be patient, Jepson
Herbarium has only small staff to answer all requests.


SCHOFIELD: SOME COMMON MOSSES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA - 2nd EDITION
From: Tara Steigenberger <tsteigenberg at galaxy.gov.bc.ca>

The second (revised and expanded) edition of the popular Museum
Handbook no. 28 was published by the Royal B.C. Museum in
Victoria and costs $12.95 Canadian.

Individuals order from The Royal Museum Shop at 675 Belleville
Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 1X4, Tel (604) 356-0505, Fax (604)
356-8197. The Shop charges $1.50 shipping and handling per book.
Please add 7% GST to total order. Major credit cards, purchase
orders, personal cheques, money orders accepted.

Resale outlets and institutions order from CROWN Publications,
Inc. at 546 Yates Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1K8, Tel (604)
386-4636, Fax (604) 386-0221. Major credit cards, purchase
orders, personal cheques, money orders accepted.



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