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No. 142 August 30, 1996
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
DR. DOUGLASS M. HENDERSON (1938 - 1996)
From: The Idaho Statesman, July 27, 1996, Page 4B [abbrev.]
Douglass M. Henderson, 58, a professor of Botany at the Univer-
sity of Idaho, died Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at his Moscow,
Idaho, home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was born July 9, 1938, at Long Beach, Calif., to Allen and
Dolores Smith Henderson. He was reared in Bakersfield, Calif.,
and graduated from high school there in 1956.
He enlisted with the U.S. Air Force, and spent four years at
various bases around the country between 1956 and 1960. He was
in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1960 to 1962. While with the
Air Force, he attended tech school in Denver.
He attended Bakersfield College from 1960 to 1963 and graduated
magna cum laude from Fresno State College in 1965 with a
bachelor's degree in botany.
He married Margaret Sherman on Dec. 26, 1970, at Sacramento,
He received his doctorate in botany from the University of
Washington at Seattle in 1972. He was a teaching assistant, then
instructor of botany at UW after graduation. He was an assistant
professor of botany at the University of Idaho from 1972 to
1978, and become an associate professor in 1978.
He was director of the University of Idaho herbarium, the manag-
ing editor for the Systematic Botany (1983-1985), and regional
coordinator for Flora of North America (1984-1987). In 1975 he
was appointed by the Governor to be in charge of issuing permits
for the collection of endangered and threatened plants in Idaho.
He had written numerous scholarly publications, won UI teaching
excellence awards and was a member of several botanical associa-
tions (ASPT, IAPT, BSA). He was an avid photographer and enjoyed
hiking and canoeing.
He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters and three
grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to
University of Idaho Vandal Boosters, or to the University of
Washington Botany Department, c/o University of Washington,
Seattle, WA 99195.
Several publications of D. M. Henderson [selected by AC]:
Henderson, D. M. 1976. A biosystematic study of Pacific
northwestern blue-eyed grasses (Sisyrinchium, Iridaceae).
Brittonia 28: 149-176.
Henderson, D. M., R. K. Moseley, & A. F. Cholewa. 1990. A new
Agoseris (Asteraceae) from Idaho and Montana. Systematic
Botany 15(3): 462-465. [A. lackschewitzii - see BEN # 24 & #
Cholewa, A. F. & D. M. Henderson. 1994. Iridaceae Iris Family
Part One Sisyrinchium L. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada
Academy of Science 27(2): 215-218.
Urbanczyk, S. M. & D. M. Henderson. 1994. Classification and
ordination of alpine plant communities, Sheep Mountain, Lemhi
Country, Idaho. Madrono 41(3): 205-223.
Bursik, R. J. & D.M. Henderson. 1995. Valley peatland flora of
Idaho. Madrono 42(3): 366-395
DISCOVERY AND DESTRUCTION OF SUPERB FOSSIL SITE NEAR NANAIMO
From: Thor Henrich c/o <shenrich at direct.ca>
On Friday, August 9, 1996, bulldozer operator John Bell,
employed by the Paramount Blasting and Drilling Company, was
working on the new Duke Point Road extension, which will connect
the Island Highway south of Nanaimo to a new ferry terminal to
the mainland. The workers had finished blasting a large section
of sandstone and coal-bearing shale, and were removing large
blocks of stone, to crush into roadfill for the new extension.
Mr. Bell recognized a large fossil of some sort on the undersur-
face of a large boulder. He excavated the stone and allowed it
to turn over. This action exposed a surface covered with the
leaves of an ancient palm tree, Phoenicites (in older literature
Geonomites) imperialis, as well as many other smaller leaves.
Mr. Bell was able with his huge machine, to scoop up the boul-
der, and move it to the top roadcut, adjacent to the parking lot
of the Cranberry Arms Hotel.
The Victoria Palaeontology Society became aware of the discovery
from Elizabeth Hargreaves of the Nanaimo Times, and after a
quick reconnaissance trip recognized the scientific importance
of the fossil site. Salvage palaeontology of the site revealed
exquisitely preserved specimens of the Upper Cretaceous Period
(about 72 million years old), such as dawn redwood (Metasequoia
cuneata), several fern species, many angiosperms, and the enig-
matic cycadoid Nilssonia. The end of the Mesozoic Era is one of
the most important periods in the history of life on this
planet. We see not only the extinction of dinosaurs, but also
the rapid evolution of the angiosperms, the dominant plant group
At present the boulder containing the palm fossils has been
moved to the campus of Malaspina University College, under the
supervision of K. Maggie McColl (Geology Department co-
ordinator), until a final decision can be made concerning its
final disposition. Members of the Victoria Palaeontology Society
also collected many smaller pieces of fossil-bearing rock for
future scientific investigations.
The high diversity and richness of the flora on this site, as
well as its excellent preservation, mark it as a most valuable
site. Unfortunately, most of the fossil containing rock has been
excavated, crushed, and used as a road fill for the Duke Point
It is a tragedy, if a society which purports to be advanced and
civilized, allows the destruction of some of its more sig-
nificant records of its ancient history.
The Victoria Palaeontology Society will hold the Society's
Annual Open House at the Swan Lake Nature Centre, 3873 Swan Lake
Rd., Victoria, B.C. on Saturday, September 21, 1996, from 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. All are invited to
AMENDMENTS TO CITES LISTINGS: TAXUS BREVIFOLIA & LEWISIA TWEEDYI
From: From the Federal Register Online
via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
This notice invites comments and information from the public on
species that have been suggested as candidates for U.S.
proposals to amend Appendix I or II.
Dates: The Service will consider all comments received by Oc-
tober 11, 1996, on species proposals described in this notice.
Addresses: Please send correspondence concerning this notice to
Chief, Office of Scientific Authority; 4401 North Fairfax Drive,
Room 750; Arlington, Virginia 22203. Fax number 703-358-2276.
Comments and other information received will be available for
public inspection by appointment, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday, at the above address.
For further information contact: Dr. Marshall A. Howe, Office of
Scientific Authority, at the above address, telephone 703-358-
16. Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia)
The Oregon Natural Resources Council has recommended that the
United States propose the Pacific yew for inclusion in Appendix
II. This slow-growing species occurs in a limited range in the
western United States and Canada. An effective anti-cancer
compound (paclitaxel or taxol) is obtained especially from its
bark, as well as to an increasing but unknown extent from other
species of Taxus. Some companies are working on methods of
obtaining paclitaxel from Taxus needles and branches (which
could avoid loss of the whole plant). Laboratory substitutes for
the natural compound are either not available or not available
in adequate commercial quantity, but there is some semi-
synthetic production. The species is not grown commercially in
large quantity for medicinal use, but there is some ornamental
cultivation. There is some export of Pacific yew biomass for
manufacture of paclitaxel in other countries. The Himalayan yew
(Taxus wallichiana) was listed in Appendix II at COP9, excluding
the finished pharmaceutical products (i.e., the end-product
The Service seeks information regarding: (1) The intensity and
purposes of removal of the several parts of this species from
the wild in various areas, the characteristics of the popula-
tions impacted by these extractions, and the trends in those
populations; (2) the location, characteristics, and safety of
populations that will not be available for extraction; (3) the
extent to which biomass from the wild (i.e., materials other
than the end-point medicine) is exported from either country;
and (4) the degree to which the medicinal trade involves other
wild species, and/or non-wild sources of the compound (e.g.,
from cultivated Pacific yew or other species, or from laboratory
19. Tweedy's Bitterroot (Lewisia tweedyi or Cistanthe tweedyi)
The recommendation to remove this species from Appendix II was
initiated by the CITES Plants Committee, as part of the ongoing
process of reviewing listed taxa at 10-year intervals. This
herbaceous mountain species is native in the State of Washington
and nearby in the Province of British Columbia (Canada). Because
it was found to be sufficiently secure within its range, this
species was removed from consideration for the U.S. Endangered
Species Act in a 1985 Federal Register notice on many taxa (50
FR 39526). Moreover, this species is believed to be sufficiently
easy to propagate and available in cultivation to supply rock-
Since the biological status of the species is considered less
vulnerable than when it was listed in 1983, and since there have
been no applications to export it from the wild in the last
decade (and almost none to export it from cultivation as artifi-
cially propagated specimens), removal of the species from Appen-
dix II seems appropriate. Information is sought on the status of
the species in the wild, and the likelihood and extent of inter-
national trade in wild specimens of this species.
ROYAL BRITISH COLUMBIA MUSEUM HAS A NEW MAILING ADDRESS !!!
From: Tara Steigenberger <tsteigenberg at rbml01.rbcm.gov.bc.ca>
BCMail Plus has informed us that our mail will be delayed if we
don't have the new address on it. The new address is:
Royal British Columbia Museum
PO Box 9815 Stn Prov Govt
Canada V8W 9W2
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