BEN # 75
aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Sun Jun 5 10:21:01 EST 1994
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No. 75 June 6, 1994
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
BEN IS MOVING
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including BEN, got their eviction notices. BEN will move to
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enjoyed the way the system was set up, and I greatly appreciated
all the work John Nemeth has done for us. Many, many thanks. I
also relied on the help of Gary Shearman, who will remain in
close contact with BEN as a principal figure in the Victoria
Please, address all your mail to aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca
(any submissions to BEN - short or long - are welcome). Thanks.
- Adolf Ceska
BACK ISSUES OF BEN
All the back issues of BEN have been stored on gopher
freenet.victoria.bc.ca (as four large ASCII files - ca 350 K
each) and they are WAIS indexed. Using this index, you can
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4. Environment and Science Information / 4. Botany.
ADVANCED AND SPECIALTY FIELD SEMINARS FOR PROFESSIONAL BOTANISTS
From: EAGLHILL at MAINE.maine.edu
The following intensive weeklong seminars will be held this
summer on the coast of Maine at Eagle Hill Wildlife Research
Station, just east of Acadia National Park and just west of
Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. The seminars are offered
primarily for an advanced and professional audience, but also
for well-qualified university and college students and amateur
naturalists. Two graduate credits are available for each seminar
from the University of Maine. For more information, please
Eagle Hill Wildlife Research Station
PO Box 99
Steuben, ME 04680-0099
207-546-2821, FAX -3042
EAGLHILL at MAINE.MAINE.EDU
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,
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)
PLANTS OF COASTAL BRITISH COLUMBIA
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
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
VASCULAR PLANTS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA - PART 4: MONOCOTYLEDONS
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 - A JOURNAL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA NATURAL HISTORY
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-
tion Department, Box 473, Vernon, B.C., Canada V1T 6M4; submis-
sions should be sent to The Editor, Cordillera, Box 625, Kam-
loops, B.C., Canada V2C 5L7.
TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES
From: DARWIN at iris.uncg.edu
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
PRESERVING PLANTS BY PRESSING, DRYING, AND MOUNTING THEM ON
CARDS TO PRODUCE THE FIRST MODERN HERBARIUM OR "HORTUS SICCUS".
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.
Today in the Historical Sciences is a feature of Darwin-L, an
international network discussion group for professionals in the
historical sciences. For more information about Darwin-L send
the two-word message INFO DARWIN-L to
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[To susbcribe send
SUBSCRIBE DARWIN-L first_name last_name to
LISTSERV at UKANAIX.CC.UKANS.EDU - you should know by now.]
[DARWIN-L is an interesting list. Its "TODAY IN THE HISTORY"
submissions are great. Interestingly enough, a large portion of
the subscribers are linguists and their main goal is to prove
that the evolution of biological species and languages have
something in common. Botanists with limited disk space can find
those discussions irritating. - AC]
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of the Canadian Quaternary Association, especially Dana Naldret
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and Energy. We hope that this will be of interest to anyone with
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To subscribe, send
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