BEN # 154

Adolf Ceska aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Thu Jan 23 04:23:40 EST 1997

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No. 154                              January 23, 1997

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


In  order  to resolve the conflicts in the CU Herbarium (which I
have determined actually predate the  present  curator,  and  go
beyond  individual  personality  disputes), and to underline the
authority of the Curator of the Herbarium, the CU administration
has agreed to move the office of Emeritus Prof. William Weber to
another Museum facility. The Director of  the  Museum  has  made
alternative  accommodations,  including  a computer hook-up, and
assistance of University personnel to move Prof. Weber's  office
materials and personal belongings. He retains the same access to
the  Herbarium  as  would  be  afforded  to  any  other visiting
scholar, and the use of a modest Univesity research  account  to
support  his  ongoing  scholarship.  These  space  and  research
priviledges have been extended to Prof. Weber in recognition not
only of his professional reputation and  many  contributions  to
botany  in  Colorado,  but  also  because we value his continued
productivity and collaborations.

   Carol B. Lynch
   Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
     and Dean of the Graduate School
   Campus Box 26
   University of Colorado
   Boulder, Colorado 80309-0026
   (303)492-2890, (303)492-5777(FAX)


Cody, W.J. 1996. Flora of  the  Yukon  Territory.  NRC  Research
   Press,  Ottawa. xvii + 643 p. ISBN 0-660-16406-X [Hardcover],
   0-660-15898-1  [Softcover].  Cost  [CND$   in   Canada,   US$
   elsewhere]:  $79.95 [Hardcover], $49.95 [Softcover]. Canadian
   customers add 7% GST.
   Order from: Subscription Office, NRC  Research  Press,  M-55,
   National Research Council Canada
   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0R6
   Phone: 613-993-9084, Fax: 613-952-7656
   e-mail: research.journals at

A  vast  area  of  the Canadian North has a new Flora. The Yukon
Territory covers about 482.7 square km (about 1+1/3 of  Califor-
nia,  almost  as  big  as  France) and hosts over 1,100 vascular
plant species. W.J. (Bill) Cody, a former Curator  of  the  Vas-
cular Plant Herbarium of the Department of Agriculture in Ottawa
(DAO),  started  his field work in the Yukon Territory in 1960's
and since 1980 he concentrated  his  efforts  in  compiling  and
writing this Flora.

This  is  an important book, and a thorough treatment of Yukon's
flora. It gives keys for identification, and for each species it
provides a detailed  description,  information  on  habitat  and
distribution.  Each  species  is illustrated and each species is
accompanied with a Yukon distribution map. The layout and typog-
raphy is superb.

The taxonomy employed in this book is conservative in  the  best
sense  of the word. D.F. Murray contributed the treatment of the
genus Papaver, R.J.  Bayer  the  genus  Antennaria.  The  Arabis
treatment  follows  that  of  G.A. Mulligan. The author used the
wealth of the largest botanical library in Canada and  the  book
has  an extensive bibliography. Cody recognized several new taxa
previously either not reported from North  America  or  reported
only  in footnotes on general distribution in the Russian Arctic
Flora. As an example I would like to point out  Potentilla  vil-
losula  Yurtzev  (alpine  plants  of  "Potentilla villosa") that
occurs from Yukon throughout British Columbia to Washington.

The major problem that I had with this Flora was that the author
only rarely refers to the taxonomical works cited in the  Bibli-
ography.  I  would  have  liked  to have had a short note on the
taxonomy  or  nomenclature  of  some  species  or  genera.   The
references to "further reading" in appropriate places would have
improved the book. Some of the discussion published by W.J. Cody
in  his  earlier  paper (Canadian Field-Naturalist 108: 428-476.
1994) should have been repeated in this book.

In several cases the author avoided the  taxonomical  discussion
by  putting  "s.l."  behind  the species name. This abbreviation
means "sensu lato" (= "in a broad  sense")  and  indicates  that
this  "species"  is  a  taxonomical  complex  that needs further
study. If you are a young ambitious botanist, pick up an  "s.l."
taxon for your thesis, if you are not so ambitious, dig into the
literature and keep collecting more specimens (in Yukon, though,
you need a collecting permit - see below).

This  Flora  is  a  magnificent  edition  to  the North American
botanical literature. Congratulations to Bill Cody, the Canadian
Department of Agriculture (what used to  be  the  Biosystematics
Research  Institute),  and  to  the  NRC  Research  Publications

From: Bruce Bennett <Bruce.Bennett at>

To legally collect within the Yukon you require a  Yukon  Scien-
tist  and  Explorer  License  which can be obtained at no charge
from the Yukon Ministry of Tourism Heritage Branch  211  Hawkins
Street,  Whitehorse,  Y1A 1X3  attention  Jeff Hunston, Director
(403) 668-5363. Anyone from Outside the Territory should apply.

There are no species that have any protection, so  anything  can
be  collected  however  the license would be passed to Catherine
Kennedy and it the  collecting  would  be  occurring  on  native
lands, the local band councils would also be contacted.

Voucher specimens should be sent to:

   Bill Cody
   Agriculture Canada
   Centre for Land and Biological Resources Branch
   Edifice Wm. Saunders Bldg.
   C.E.F. Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C6

and/or to

   Catherine Kennedy
   Renewable Resources, YTG
   #10 Burns Road
   Whitehorse, YT Y1A 4Y9
   (403) 668-5407

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From: "Peter H. Pache" <ppache at> originally
   posted on ECOLOG-L <ECOLOG-L at UMDD.UMD.EDU> [abbrev.]

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public input  and  com-
ment  on  a revised National List of Plant Species That Occur in
Wetlands. A wetland indicator was assigned to each species  that
expresses the fidelity to wetlands by region and sub-region.

Copies of the  revised  National  list  including  its  regional
subdivisions  are  available on February 15, 1997, from the Fish
and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands  Inventory,  Suite  101,
Monroe Building, 9720 Executive Center Drive, St. Petersburg, FL
33702-2440.  Electronic  copies of the above lists are available
for downloading from the World Wide Web at   

Written comments may be submitted by April 30, 1997 to 

Fish and Wildlife Service,  National  Wetlands Inventory,
Suite  101,  Monroe Building , 9720 Executive Center Drive, 
St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2440
fax:  (813)  570-5409
e-mail: ecology at 

For  further  information contact: Mr. Porter B. Reed, Jr., Fish
and Wildlife Service, at (813) 570-5425,  Dr.  Russell  Theriot,
U.S.  Army  Corps  of  Engineers, at (601) 634-2733, Mr. William
Sipple, Environmental Protection Agency, at (202)  260-6066,  or
Dr.Norman  Melvin,  Natural  Resources  Conservation Service, at
(301) 497-5933.

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