BEN # 159

Adolf Ceska aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Tue Mar 18 02:55:19 EST 1997


                                                   
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No. 159                              March 17, 1997

aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca        Victoria, B.C.
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 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
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NPSBC - NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

The  first  Annual  General  Meeting of the NPSBC - Native Plant
Society of British Columbia was held in Victoria on  March  9th,
1997 and ellected the first board of directors:

   President:       Douglas Justice
   Vice President:  Tom Wells
   Treasurer:       Sylvia Mosterman
   Secretary:       Ross Waddell

The remaining directors are:
Adolf Ceska, Theresa Duynstee, Pam Meneguzzi, Verna Miller, Wilf
Nichols, John  Olafson,  Bruce  Peel,  Giles  Stevenson,  Paulus
Vrijmoed, Josette Wier, and David Williams.

The aim of the Native Plant Society of British Columbia is to 
encourage  knowledge, responsible  use  and  conservation of 
British Columbia's native plants and habitats (cf. BEN # 144)

If you want to become a member, please,  send  your  application
and the membership fee (Individual - $20.00, Associate - $15.00,
Corporate - $75.00) to

   Ross Waddell, NPSBC Secretary
   2012 William Street
   Vancouver, B.C.  V5L 2X6
   Telephone: 604-255-5719


PLANTWATCH - SPECIAL BOTANY NIGHT - VICTORIA - APRIL 2, 1997

Special  Botany Night:   Wednesday,  April  2,  1997, 7:30 p.m., 
Swan Lake Nature Centre. (Free admission)

Elisabeth Beaubien (Research Associate of the  Devonian  Botanic
Garden,  University  of  Alberta  in  Edmonton)  will talk about
"Plantwatch 97" - a phenology program launched by  the  Devonian
Garden.


EXHIBIT OF FRUITS (ACHENES AND PERIGYNIA) OF THE SEDGE FAMILY

Anna  Roberts  (Williams  Lake,  B.C.) was inspired by fruits of
Cyperaceae and created what she called  the  "biomorphic  sculp-
tures"  of  various  Cyperaceae achenes and Carex perigynia. Her
exhibit "SEDGES" will open  in  the  Station  House  Gallery  in
Williams  Lake,  B.C. on April 3rd, 1997, and will last till the
end of April. Don't miss it!


ORTHOCARPUS BARBATUS (SCROPHULARIACEAE) IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
From: Frank Lomer, Honourary Research Associate, UBC
         Herbarium, Vancouver, B.C. c/o <ubc at unixg.ubc.ca>

Grand Coulee owl-clover, Orthocarpus barbatus Cotton, an attrac-
tive yellow-flowered species endemic to central Washington,  was
collected on May 27, 1995 in low ground in Stipa-sagebrush hills
south  of  the  golf  course west of Highway 97 in Osoyoos. Many
hundreds of plants grew at this site in one small  area  at  the
foot  of  115th  Street  on the south side of a cattle fence ad-
jacent to a new and  very  destructive  subdivision  (Lomer  95-
198).  In 1996 I revisited this site and the population seems to
have increased.

A second Canadian site for this species was found about 5 km due
east of the first site, on June 16,l996 in sagebrush flats south
of Highway 3, 49 0'25" N, 119  24'18"  W  (Lomer  96-079).  This
population  was considerably larger and covered a wide area near
an old cattle corral. Orthocarpus barbatus was collected earlier
at this same site by George Douglas and J.M. Illingworth on June
24, 1994 (Douglas # 12848).


BIOLOGY OF POPLARS
From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca>

Stettler,  R.F.,  H.D.  Bradshaw,  Jr.,  P.E.  Heilman,  &  T.M.
   Hinckley  [eds.] 1996. Biology of Populus and its implication
   for management and conservation. NRC Research Press,  Ottawa,
   Ontario,  Canada.  539  p.  ISBN  0-660-16506-6  [hard cover]
   Price: CND$49.95 (in Canada), US$49.95 (other countries).

The study of poplars has been the focal theme of the  University
of   Washington/Washington   State  University  Poplar  Research
Program since 1978. This book offers a summary of the results of
these studies. The  twenty  chapters  (authored  by  forty-seven
researchers)  are  divided into two principal parts: 1) chapters
dealing  with   systematics,   evolution,   molecular   biology,
hybridization, ecology, fungal pathogens, and herbivore interac-
tions of poplars (Chapter 1 through 11), and 2) chapters dealing
with  the  physiology, growth, productivity, and stress response
of various poplar species and their hybrids (Chapter 12  through
20).

The  book  covers a wide range of topics with poplar as a common
denominator. Although this  book  is  a  valuable  reference  to
everything  related to poplars, it also contains valuable infor-
mation on applications of molecular biology, hybridization,  and
physiological  assessments  of  deciduous  tree  species. Anyone
interested in these fields will find it as a valuable reference.

The book is reasonably priced and very well produced. A  general
subject  index  and  an index of authors would have improved the
book.

Order information:
The book can be ordered from

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FLORA OF THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC VOL. II: CYPERACEAE - ORCHIDACEAE
From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca>

Flora of the Russian  Arctic.  Volume  2.  Translated  from  the
   original  Russian  "Arkticheskaya Flora SSSR" by G.C.D. Grif-
   fiths, edited by J.G. Packer. University  of  Alberta  Press,
   Edmonton. 1996. 233 p. ISBN 0-88864-270-9 [hard cover] Price:
   CDN$125.00

This  volume  of an English translation of the Russian "Flora of
the Soviet Arctic" contains original volumes III  (Cyperaceae  -
published  in  January  1966)  and IV (remaining monocots - pub-
lished in April 1963). The most important parts of  this  volume
are  the  classical  treatment  of  sedges (genus Carex) by T.V.
Egorova and Tolmachev's treatment of Juncaceae.  Egorova's  dis-
cussions  of  taxonomical problems of sedges growing in the Rus-
sian Arctic are relevant to Canadian and North American  readers
and  anybody with even only a slight interest in Carex will find
an important reference  in  this  publication.  The  translator,
G.C.D  Griffiths,  and  the English edition editor, J.G. Packer,
should be commended for their work on this volume.

The price of this volume is  prohibitive  and  put  this  useful
publication  out of reach of many students who should have it in
their reference library. According to the  Acknowledgements  and
according  to  the  promotional note, only a part of this volume
was funded by the NSERC grant. As a result,  this  volume  costs
almost  twice  as  much as the first volume (cf. BEN # 132), and
yet it is only about two thirds the size of  the  first  volume.
The  University of Alberta Press did an excellent job in produc-
ing the first two volumes of this English edition. Compared with
the paperbacks printed on ugly newsprint paper  of  the  Russian
edition,  this  English edition looks like a limited bibliophile
edition, but we have to pay comparably high price  for  it.  Can
NSERC  help  again?  (NSERC  =  Natural  Science and Engineering
Research Council, the  principle  academic  granting  agency  in
Canada)

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TWO BOTANICAL JOBS, SUMMER 1997, IN SMITHERS, B.C.
From: Phil or Carla Burton <symbios at mail.netshop.net>

Symbios  Research  and  Restoration  is  looking  for  two field
botanists / ecologists to work on  vegetation  surveys.

Activities will involve  transect  and  plot  layout;  recording
tree,  snag  and  windthrow  diameters  and  height; determining
seedling and sapling densities and recent leader growth; vegeta-
tion sampling  using  line  intercept  method;  and  lichen  and
bryophyte surveys on rotting logs, tree bases, and (possibly) in
the  canopy.

These positions are based in Smithers, B.C. You will be  respon-
sible for your own accommodation and meals.

We  are  particularly looking for individuals with strong LICHEN
AND BRYOPHYTE IDENTIFICATION SKILLS. Work will start June 2  and
will continue to the end of August, 1997.

If interested in one of these positions, please contact me prior
to April 30:

   Carla  Burton,  Symbios  Research  and  Restoration 
   Box 3398, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 
   Tel. 250-847-0247 Fax. 250-847-0278 
   e-mail:  symbios at mail.netshop.net

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