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aceska at CUE.BC.CA
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No. 71 March 7, 1994
Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
CHARTING THE BIOSPHERE - THE SYSTEMATIC SCIENCE AGENDA 2000
The annual meeting of the AAAS in San Francisco, February 1994,
proposed a bold program "Systematics Agenda 2000: Charting the
Biosphere." The objective of this action would be "to discover,
describe, and classify the world's species."
Meeting the challenges of the biodiversity crisis and success-
fully completing this agenda will require an intensive interna-
tional effort, involving three related research missions:
1. To discover, describe, and inventory global species diver-
2. To analyze and synthesize the information derived from this
global diversity effort into a predictive classification
system that reflect the history of life.
3. To organize the information from this global program in an
efficiently retrievable form that best meets the needs of
science and society.
The program was summarized in two documents: "Systematic Agenda
2000, Charting the Biosphere" and "Systematic Agenda 2000,
Charting the Biosphere - Technical Report." For these
and more information please contact:
Department of Ornithology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
New York Botanical Gardens
Bronx, NY 10458
Two audio tapes from the AAAS 94 Meeting, Symposium on "Charting
the Biosphere: The systematic Science Agenda" are available
(catalogue number S45) from
Nationwide recording services, Inc.
8500 N. Stemmons, Suite 3060
Dallas, TX 75247 Phone: 214-638-8273
The tapes are excellent, cost US$ 8.50 each, but are available
only until the middle of March !
ERAGROSTIS (POACEAE) IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
From: Frank Lomer c/o Olivia Lee <userlabl at mtsa.ubc.ca>
Eragrostis is a large genus (250-300 spp.) of mostly temperate
and tropical grasses. (Does anyone know how it got the name
LOVEGRASS ?) In British Columbia our species are all annual
weeds found mainly along railroad tracks, roadsides, and waste
places. They mature in late summer and often there is no sign of
them at all until mid-July.
Genus Eragrostis is a relatively recent introduction to B.C.,
but the 5 or 6 known species are collectively widespread. Most
specimens here at the UBC herbarium have been on loan to the
Smithsonian since February 1989, so the following list is com-
piled entirely from my own collections and observations.
Eragrostis cilianensis (All.) Mosher - A rare casual around
Vancouver in gardens and waste areas. Much more abundant
around Penticton and Osoyoos.
Eragrostis minor Host. (= E. poaeoides Beauv.) - Much like a
smaller version of the preceding. It is by far the most
abundant member of the genus in B.C. Look around gravelly
railroad access roads in any southern B.C. town in October
and you will likely find this species.
Eragrostis multicaulis Steud. - Locally abundant around Van-
couver, especially New Westminster, where it frequently
grows in gaps between the road and sidewalk as well as
covering small areas along railroad tracks.
(Earlier I labeled all my collections E. pilosa which I
have not yet found in British Columbia. The specimens
labeled E. pilosa at UBC seem a mixture of E. pilosa, E.
pectinacea, and E. multicaulis. I am not yet sure of any
reliable means to tell them apart except E. multicaulis
seems mainly to lack hairs on the sheath margins.)
Eragrostis orcuttiana Vasey - Distinctive because of its large
size (up to one meter) and spreading panicle. It grows in
sandy ground in the CN yard in Surrey. A field in Kelowna
was covered with it. I also collected a few plants on a
vacant lot in Vernon.
Eragrostis pectinacea (Michx.) Nees - Distinguished from E.
multicaulis by minute differences in the size of various
parts. It grows along roadsides in Osoyoos. I also found a
few plants in Coquitlam.
Eragrostis diffusa Buckl. - Perhaps should be included in E.
pectinacea, but it is much more branched and generally a
larger plant and seems quite distinct. Many plants were
growing at the end of the east dyke road at the north end
of Osoyoos Lake in the Ecological Reserve.
If anyone knows of any other Eragrostis species in B.C., please
let me know in BEN.
COMMENTS ON ERAGROSTIS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
From: Paul Peterson, Botany Dept., Smithsonian Institution
E. orcuttiana Vasey is treated by Koch and Sanchez 1985 as E.
mexicana (See Phytologia 58:377-381). I have not seen this
species from BC, although it could be there.
E. multicaulis Steud. is treated by Koch 1974 as E. pilosa.
However in a recent paper by Scholz 1988, Willdenowia
18:217-222. it is treated as a good species from the Far
Eros is Greek for love and Agrostis is Greek for grass. "Love
grass" said to be an illusion to the graceful dancing spikelets-
-see Bor 1968, Flora of Iraq, Gramineae.
I still would like to see a specimen of these two species to
include in "Vascular plants of British Columbia." Cheers!
MORE ON GOPHERS - BOOKMARKS
From: Kathy Bilton <kbilton at cap.gwu.edu>
In another BEN - you might also suggest that folks use book-
marks. I had known that this was possible - but didn't know how
to set them up. Just learned the other day - and it's very easy.
When you're at an entry you like - type: a (lower case) and
you'll be asked if you want that to be added to your bookmark
list. To call up your bookmark list when you're in gopherspace -
just type: v (and possibly hit enter - I'm not sure) and you'll
be presented with your very own personal gopherpage of book-
marks. [If you want to delete a bookmark, type d when you are in
your bookmark list.]
[This feature won't, unfortunately, work from those accounts
that don't allow you to save your own files to the disk, e.g.
FreeNet.Victoria; if you are not sure, give it a try anyway.]
[P.S. There are about 15 chapters of instructions, how to use
gophers on gopher freenet.victoria.bc.ca. You won't have too
much difficulty finding them.]
BOTANICAL HOLIDAYS IN THE TAURUS MOUNTAINS, TURKEY
From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at cue.bc.ca>
The Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society (VIRAGS) in
Victoria is organizing a botanical trip to the Taurus Mountains
in July 1994. The leader of the trip, Zdenek Zvolanek, is a
leading Czech rock gardener and seed collector, and he has
visited this area several times. There are two identical tours.
One leaves Istambul on July 2, 1994 and returns to Istambul on
July 16. The second tour leaves on July 16 and return on July
30. There is one spot left on the first tour, and two spots on
the second tour. (The BEN editor Adolf Ceska and a BC Ecological
Reserve botanist Hans Roemer are going with the second group.)
The cost of the trip from Istambul to Istambul (this includes
the accommodation, almost all meals, and the transportation in
Turkey - you have to get to and from Istambul on your own) will
be around US$ 500.00. With this price, nobody can consider this
note an unethical advertisement; we are trying to fill the
remaining spaces with botanically oriented people. If you are
interested, send me an e-mail message or give me a call at 604-
387-2423 (day) or 604-477-1211 (night).
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