BEN # 125
aceska at CUE.BC.CA
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No. 125 February 4, 1996
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
"COYOTE TOBACCO" - NICOTIANA ATTENUATA IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
From: Frank Lomer, Honourary Research Associate, UBC Herbarium,
Vancouver, B.C. c/o <ubc at unixg.ubc.ca>
Nicotiana attenuata Torrey, "Coyote tobacco", has been collected
in B.C. many years ago from Spence's Bridge and Lytton, but has
not been seen for quite some time.
N. attenuata is listed in Endangered, Threatened and Sensitive
Vascular Plants of Washington (Washington State Department of
Natural Resources; January 1994) as "S2 - Sensitive:imperiled
because of its rarity or because it is vulnerable to extinction
or extirpation." There is a single old collection at UBC: August
2, 1912 from Spence's Bridge collected by J.A. Teit (Teit # 55).
In July 1991 I found N. attenuata growing around the rocky hills
northeast of Osoyoos Lake. There were about 6 healthy plants
growing under the shelter of a large Douglas fir. I did not
collect any specimens. In 1992 I returned to the same spot and
found no plants. On July 12 1993, a few days after a major fire
had hit the area, I found a single small insect-damaged plant
under the same Douglas fir. In 1994 I could find no plants at
this site. Further south, however, in an area I had not looked
before, I found a number of plants scattered in flat depressions
on the rocky outcrops at the edge of sandy Purshia flats.
Another small population grew in a sandy area at the base of the
rocky hills and I collected a branch: N.E. Osoyoos Lake July 1,
1994 (Lomer # 94-089).
On July 19, 1995 I collected N. attenuata about 1 km. south of
the Pattullo Bridge in Surrey, about 12 km. east of Vancouver
(Lomer #95-039). A single large plant with many seeds was grow-
ing in a large sand landfill that was dredged from the Fraser
River. This plant probably arose from seed that was washed down
the Fraser River from the interior of B.C. This means that N.
attenuata very likely still grows somewhere in the Fraser
drainage, perhaps it can still be found around Lytton.
FIELD GUIDE TO WETLAND PLANTS
Guard, B. Jennifer. 1995. Wetland plants of Oregon and
Washington. With contributions from John Cristy, photos by
Trigve Steen. Lone Pine Publishing, Vancouver, B.C. 239 p.
ISBN 1-55105-060-9 [softcover] Price: US $19.95.
Description of more than 330 plant species with over 300 colour
This concise and easy-to-use field guide provides a wealth of
information about the plants of rich aquatic and wetland ecosys-
tems of our region. Grouped by the habitat this guide describes
wooded wetland, wetland prairie, marshy shore, shrub swamps, and
the submerged and floating community.
Lone Pine Publishing's phone number is 1-800-661-9017.
DIGITAL MUSHROOMS: A NEW WWW SITE: DIGITAL EXSICCATE OF FUNGI
From: Ewald Langer <ewald.langer at UNI-TUEBINGEN.DE>
originally posted on TAXACOM <TAXACOM at CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU>
The Institute of Biology, "Spezielle Botanik and Mykologie", of
the University of Tuebingen, Germany, offers a new WWW site for
mycology. Our WWW pages are an online help for determination and
information of fungi including descriptions, keys, TEM/SEM
photos and illustrations. The pages are in development. Species,
preferably types are added from time to time. The language of
the pages is English.
The "Digital Exsiccate of Fungi" is located at the URL:
RE: INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES [BEN # 124]
From: Roger Whitehead <rwhitehead at cix.compulink.co.uk>
A very fast and efficient search engine is to be found at
Digital's Alta Vista site:
You might like to add that to the list in BEN.
SUMMER JOBS IN BOTANY: WESTERN WASHINGTON AND OREGON
From: Charles Halpern <chalpern at u.washington.edu>
originally on ECOLOG-L <ECOLOG-L at UMDD.UMD.EDU>
The College of Forest Resources, University of Washington and
Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University will be
offering summer jobs in field botany and forest ecology (western
Washington and Oregon). Please direct questions and applications
to the individuals listed below.
1. FIELD BOTANIST, western Oregon (13 June-31 August, or later)
Assist with long-term ecological studies of green-tree retention
harvest, Umpqua National Forest, OR. Establish plots, sample
understory vegetation, measure trees, and quantify site charac-
teristics. Requires familiarity with the flora of western Oregon
(experience with mosses, lichens, and grasses desirable); ex-
perience in vegetation sampling and use of floristic keys;
training in plant systematics/ecology. Requires attention to
detail, legible handwriting, ability/willingness to work long
hours under strenuous conditions and to work/live cooperatively.
Housing provided; days/hours negotiable; salary $8.00/hr.
2. FORESTER, western Oregon and Washington (13 June-15 Septem-
ber, or later)
Measure tree heights/diameters and obtain tree ages in mature
forests throughout western Oregon and Washington as part of
ecological study described above. Must be able to identify
western Cascade tree species. Ability/willingness to learn to
operate a Criterion laser instrument to precisely measure tree
heights and an increment borer to obtain tree ages. Attention to
detail, legible handwriting, ability/willingness to work in
steep and brushy terrain, willingness to camp for most of the
summer (housing may be available at some sites). Days/hours
negotiable; salary $7.50/hr.
3. FIELD BOTANIST, western Washington (1 June, or later-31
August, or later)
Assist with studies of plant composition and diversity in
managed forests on Weyerhaeuser lands in western Washington.
Establish plots, sample understory vegetation, measure trees,
and quantify site characteristics. Requires familiarity with the
flora of western Washington; experience in vegetation sampling
and use of floristic keys; training in plant systematics and
ecology. Requires attention to detail, legible handwriting,
ability/willingness to work long hours under strenuous condi-
tions and to work/live cooperatively, willingness to camp all
summer. Days/hours negotiable; salary $1400/month.
For more information on Jobs 1-3 contact: Shelley Evans, E-mail:
saevans at u.washington.edu, Phone: (206) 616-4095.
4. FOREST ECOLOGY FIELD ASSISTANT, western Oregon and Washington
(17 June-6 September)
Assist in studies of upland and riparian forests in the moun-
tains of western Oregon and Washington. Research sites range
from recently disturbed areas to old-growth forests. Will be
based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, OR.
Duties include measuring trees and snags, and assessing causes
of tree mortality. Requires college courses in Forestry, Botany,
or related fields; field experience in forest or other vegeta-
tion sampling; skill in tree identification; ability/willingness
to work long hours in difficult terrain. Junior or higher stand-
ing desirable. Housing provided at the Andrews Forest; several
camping trips away from the Andrews required. Salary $7.00/hr or
more, depending on experience.
For more information on Job 4 contact: Dr. Steve Acker, E-mail:
ackers at fsl.orst.edu, Phone: (541) 750-7325
To apply for any/all jobs send the following to both addresses
below by march 1, 1996:
1. Handwritten cover letter: describe interests/qualifications;
state which job(s) you wish to apply for; indicate dates of
availability; list names and phone numbers of two references
2. Resume (typewritten),
3. Copies of college transcripts and/or professional work
4. Have two letters of reference sent to BOTH addresses:
Shelley Evans Dr. Steve Acker
College of Forest Resources Department of Forest Science
Box 352100, Univ. of Washington FSL 020, Oregon State Univ.
Seattle, WA 98195-2100 Corvallis, OR 97331-7501
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