BEN # 75

Adolf Ceska aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Sun Jun 5 10:21:01 EST 1994

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No. 75                               June 6, 1994

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


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List of seminars:
Quantitative Sampling of Vegetation (Dr. Ala S. White,  June  5-
Field Ethnobotany (Dr. James A. Duke, June 12-18)
Sedges - Cyperaceae (Dr. Anton A. Reznicek, July 3-9)
Northern  Forest  Workshop:  Insect/Tree  Associations  (Richard
      Dearborn, July 3-9)
Advanced Mycology Foray (Dr. Allen Bessette, July 10-16)
Ecology, Geology, & History of Eastern Maine Salt  Marshes  (Dr.
      Harold  Borns,  Dr. George Jacobsen, Dr. David Smith, July
Marine Botany: The Macroalgae (Dr. Arthur Mathieson, July 17-23)
Advanced Wetlands Ecology (Dr. William A. Niering, July 24-30)
Wetland Identification, Classification, and  Delineation  (Ralph
      Tiner, July 31-August 6)
Aquatic Flowering Plants (Dr. C. Barre Hellquist, August 7-13)
Northern  Forest  Workshop: Soil/Site Relationships (Dr. Russell
      Briggs, August 7-13)
General Lichenology (Dr. Sharon Gowan, August 14-20)
Advanced Natural History Illustration Workshop (Dennis  O'Brien,
      September 4-10)
Mosses and Liverworts. I (Dr. Howard Crum, September 11-17)
Mosses and Liverworts. II (Dr. Howard Crum, September 18-24)
The Science of the Professional Botanical Survey (Jerry Jenkins,
      September 25 - October 1)
Fall Mushroom Foray (Dr. Samuel Ristich, September 25-October 1)


Pojar,  J. & A. MacKinnon [eds.] 1994. Plants of coastal British
Columbia including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. - B.C.  Ministry
of  Forests, Victoria and Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton. 527 p.
ISBN 1-55105-042-0 [paperback] CDN$ 24.95

This book is a sequel to the very successful  guide  "Plants  of
northern  British Columbia" [see BEN # 31]. It deals with a much
larger area and with many more species than the first book.  The
impressive number (1,100) of colour photographs is almost double
of  that  in  the  first  book. A new feature of this guide is a
large number of distribution maps - the  distribution  is  shown
for  794  taxa.  The guide combines illustrations and 1/2 to one
page write-ups on  featured  species  with  keys,  diagrams  and
comparison tables.

In this book, I missed some comparison tables that were included
in  the first guide: character tables of violets, lilies, poten-
tilla.  ---  Some  keys  are   dangerously   simplified:   Carex
lasiocarpa  will be identified as Carex rossii, Ceratophyllum as
Myriophyllum. --- Problems of synonyms are treated with a phrase
"also known as ...." and no distinction  is  made  between  true
synonyms   (Dodecatheon   pulchellum   is   also   known  as  D.
pauciflorum) and different taxonomic  concepts  (Dryopteris  ex-
pansa is also known as D. assimilis [true synonym], D. austriaca
and  D.  dilatata [different concepts]). I was horrified to read
that Myriophyllum verticillatum "is also known  as  M.  spicatum
var.  spicatum,"  endorsing  a  unique  blunder that was made in
Hitchcock et al. Similarly, Plectritis brachystemon is mentioned
as "P. macrocera,"  Cornus  unalaschkensis  is  treated  as  "C.
canadensis,"  etc.  ---  I  don't  think  that it is politically
correct to segregate  carnivorous,  parasitic,  and  saprophytic
vascular  plants  into  a  group  called Oddballs. Why don't the
Oddballs include Cuscuta or mistletoes? What  about  louseworts,
paintbrushes and other parasitic plants of the Scrophulariaceae?

In  spite  of  this criticism, the guide is a nice piece of work
and it will serve as an excellent learning tool  to  all  people
interested  in  plants  of  the  Pacific Northwest. The authors,
editors, and publishers have done a nice job and the book  fills
a  very  important  niche  in  the botanical literature for this
area. The book includes a wealth of ethnobotanical  information,
and  is  available  in  bookstores,  or if you are interested in
contacting the publisher, Lone Pine Publishing's phone number is


Douglas, G.W., G.B. Straley & Del Meidinger [eds.].  1994.  Vas-
cular  plants  of  British  Columbia.  Part  4 - Monocotyledons.
Special report series # 4, B.C.  Ministry  of  Forests.  257  p.
[paperback]  ISBN 0-7718-8757-4 (set); ISBN 0-7718-8761-2 (pt.4)
Cost: CDN $26.00 [Available from: Crown Publications  Inc.,  546
Yates  Str.,  Victoria,  B.C.  V8W 1K8 (604) 386-4636 Fax.:(604)

The last volume of the Vascular plants of British Columbia deals
with the monocotyledons. The fourth volume  is  about  twice  as
large  as  any of the previous volumes and besides the treatment
of monocots (keys,  synonymy  and  distribution)  it  gives  the
summary  chapters  to  the  whole set (phytogeographic elements,
number of taxa in each family, etc.).


Cordillera is to be published twice a year,  initially,  by  the
Federation of British Columbia Naturalists and those working on,
or  interested  in, the natural history of British Columbia. The
first (March 1994) issue started with an  important  article  on
"The  fameflower  (Talinum  sediforme):  Portrait of a Northwest
endemic" by Trevor Goward & Helen Knight and a review article on
serpentine soils by Bert Brink & Kay Fletcher.

Subscription orders (FCBN members CDN  $15.00,  others  and  in-
stitutions  CDN  $20.00) should be sent to Cordillera, Subscrip-
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sions  should  be  sent to The Editor, Cordillera, Box 625, Kam-
loops, B.C., Canada V2C 5L7.

From: DARWIN at

MAY 4, 1556: LUCA GHINI dies  at  Bologna,  Italy.  One  of  the
founders  of  modern  botany,  Ghini  was born in Croara d'Imola
around 1490. He studied medicine at the  University  of  Bologna
and  taught  at  Bologna  for  many  years, DEVISING A METHOD OF
Ghini left Bologna in 1544 to take up  a  professorship  at  the
University  of  Pisa,  and he established there one of the first
university botanical gardens. He travelled  extensively  in  the
vicinity of Pisa and Bologna collecting specimens for his garden
and  herbarium,  and  his  scientific  correspondents  sent  him
botanical material from as far away as Egypt. Although  he  pub-
lished little during his life, Ghini numbered among his students
an entire generation of early modern European botanists, includ-
ing  Andrea  Cesalpino,  Ulisse  Aldrovandi,  Luigi  Anguillara,
William Turner, and John Falconer.

MAY 23, 1707: CARL LINNAEUS is born at Sodra,  Smaland,  Sweden.
The son of a country parson, Linnaeus will rise to be one of the
most  prominent  figures in the history of natural history. Fol-
lowing study in medicine and botany at the Universities of  Lund
and  Uppsala,  Linnaeus  will  first  spend  time  travelling in
Lapland, and then will move to Holland where he will receive his
medical degree. While in Leiden he will publish the  first  edi-
tion  of his masterwork, _Systema Naturae_ (1735), which he will
revise and expand many times over the course  of  his  life.  In
1741  Linnaeus  will  be  appointed professor of medicine at Up-
psala, and through his many students and his voluminous writings
on systematics and natural history, his  influence  will  spread
throughout Europe and the world.

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