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No. 201 September 5, 1998
aceska at victoria.tc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
BOTANY BC 1998
From: Karen Golinski <golinski at uvic.ca>
BOTANY BC 1998 was held in Taylor, near Fort St. John, from July
9-11 with a focus on grasslands, riparian communities, and
wetlands along and near the Peace River.
Most participants met in Prince George and traveled together to
Taylor, with stops at Pine Pass ski area and Bijoux Falls.
Although the rare Senecio serra eluded us, Patrick Williston did
find a snowboard amongst the subalpine vegetation.
The official program opened with an interesting slide presenta-
tion on the plants of the southeastern corner of the Yukon by
Bruce Bennett, followed by a well-received introduction to the
Peace Hills grasslands by Dr. Joan Snyders and Helene Walsh.
A full day was spent exploring the Peace River by speedboat.
Points of interest included a water-sculpted lime tufa forma-
tion, wetlands, grassland and shrubland slopes high above the
river at Golata Creek, and for some, the Clayhurst Ecological
Reserve right at the BC - Alberta border. Botanical highlights
on the grassland slopes included Penstemon gracilis, Erigeron
caespitosus and Carex xerantica.
Masses of the introduced Impatiens parviflora were found on the
lime tufa site. The day ended with a BBQ and frisbee game
at Peace Island Provincial Park.
BOTANY BC '98 concluded with an enjoyable morning spent in a
very species-rich black spruce - tamarack wetland just south of
Many thanks to Craig Delong, Jennifer Lucke and others who
organized this year's program and generously helped with
transportation. Species lists provided by Hans Roemer, Bruce
Bennett and Helene Walsh were also much appreciated.
BOTANY BC 1999 will be held in the Gulf Islands during the
flowering season of many of the coastal wildflowers.
THE LICHEN WORKSHOP - CLEARWATER, B.C. - OCTOBER 2 -4, 1998
From: patrickw at unixg.ubc.ca
Join Trevor Goward for a weekend exploring the lichen genus
Peltigera in a setting well known for its lichen richness. This
is Part II of a series of lichen workshops investigating the
lichen flora of British Columbia. Last March, workshop par-
ticipants were able to collect and identify 21 of the 28 species
of Peltigera known to North America. THE LICHEN WORKSHOP is a
great opportunity to improve and refine your identification
skills in the company of other lichen enthusiasts from the
WHAT: THE LICHEN WORKSHOP: Part II. A weekend exploring the
WHO: Instructed by Trevor Goward (ably assisted by yours truly,
WHEN: 8:00 pm Friday, October 2,- 2:00pm Sunday, October 4,
WHERE: The Wells Gray Education and Research Centre, Upper
Clearwater Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Approximately
525km (6 hour drive) NW of Vancouver, BC, in stunning Wells
Gray Provincial Park.
HOW MUCH: Only $50 CDN per person ($37 US ?!)
HOW MANY: Registration is limited to 12 people.
INCLUDES: Instruction, appropriate keys, the use of microscopes,
and lab and field identification opportunities
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Transportation, food, and lodgings (though
information on possible options will be available)
MORE INFORMATION: For more information contact Patrick Williston
at patrickw at unixg.ubc.ca
ADVANCED COURSE ON MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL DATA
From: Jan Leps <Jan.Leps at tix.bf.jcu.cz>
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic 11 - 16 January 1999
COURSE CONTENTS: You will acquire substantial knowledge of
methods of direct and indirect gradient analysis. You will be
able to correctly interpret the ordination diagrams and will
have an idea how to choose the correct type of permutation tests
when testing multivariate hypotheses with the Canoco for Windows
4.0 program. In addition, introduction to classification and
modern regression methods (GLM, GAM, regression trees) will be
FOR MORE DETAILS: http://regent.bf.jcu.cz/course.htm
Dr. Petr Smilauer at E-mail address "petrsm at jcu.cz"
APPLY BEFORE: End of November 1998
[Dr. Petr Smilauer is a co-author of CANOCO program, version 4.0
for Windows. - AC]
NEW BOOK: PROPAGATION OF THE NORTHWEST PLANTS
Rose, R., C.E.C. Chachulski, & D.L. Haase. 1998. Propagation of
Pacific Northwest native plants. Oregon State University
Press, Corvallis, OR. viii + 248 p. ISBN 0-87071-428-7 [soft
cover] Price: US$21.95
Oregon State University Press,
101 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-6407
Credit card orders by phone: 541-737-3166; fax 541-737-3170
web site - http://osu.orst.edu/dept/press/osupress.htm
email: osupress at ccmail.orst.edu
"Increasing awareness of the beneficial role of native plants in
promoting healthy ecosystems has generated new interest in
propagation techniques. Native plants have been recognized as a
crucial component of land management, and are [or should be]
widely used in habitat conservation efforts. In addition, native
plants are increasingly desirable for landscaping and
Robin Rose is associate professor and the director of the Nurs-
ery Technology Cooperative in the Department of Forest Science
at Oregon State University in Corvallis and the co-authors are
both from the same department. The first part of the book gives
an overview of general propagation techniques. The main part of
the book covers the description, habitat and distribution, and
the specific propagation technics for forbs (29 spp.), grasses &
sedges (21 spp.), shrubs (38 spp.) and trees (27 spp.). The last
part of the book is a short glossary of botanical terms.
The book contains a wealth of information on specific propaga-
tion techniques of 115 native plants and is well researched with
an extensive bibliography. It is a valuable source of informa-
tion for all gardeners and nursery professionals interested in
propagation and use of native plants. I was annoyed by several
misspellings of scientific names, e.g., 'Smilacena','Oplopanex'.
They are very few, but they really stand up when they are
printed in large, bold type.
NEW BOOK: NORTHWEST PENSTEMON
Strickler, D. 1997. Northwest Penstemons: 80 species of
Penstemon native to the Pacific Northwest. Flower Press,
Columbia Falls, MT. 191 p. ISBN 1-56044-572-6 [hard cover]
Order from: The Flower Press, 192 Larch Lane, Columbia Falls,
MT 59912, or
Falcon, P.O. Box 1718, Helena, MT 59624, or
call toll-free 1-800-582-2665
This book covers eighty species of Penstemon native to
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, southern British Columbia
and southern Alberta. For each species the author gives its
description, habitat and range and discusses infraspecific taxa
(varieties). Author's own colour photographs accompany the
description and line drawings by Anne Morley illustrate the
habit and the main identification characters (anthers and
staminodes for most of the species). Maps indicate the distribu-
tion of each species and their varieties. The introduction
explains the classification of Penstemon and provides the
description of subgenera. Keys to the species and varieties are
clear and reliable. Penstemon is quite a difficult genus and
this book is a nice contribution to the identification litera-
ture in the Pacific Northwest.
Submissions, subscriptions, etc.: aceska at victoria.tc.ca
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