I didn’t collect a voucher because I didn’t have a permit, and because all I saw was the one plant. It was so weird and I stared at it for an hour and all I wanted to do was kill it for history and it has haunted me for years. It keys out as one currently accepted entity, and can kind of sort of fit a few possible characteristics of the synonyms, but not in any satisfying way, because it really isn’t any of them, and it is so obviously different, you know? I would just like a good way to make sure. Using the SCIENCE. I have seen a couple of photos similar on the internetz, so if you see something that looks like this plant out in the drought fields, make a duplicate voucher and send it my way. Or not, and describe a new species yourself. I will thank you either way, because then there will be an answer. And it will have a name.
39th Annual Southern California Botanists Symposium: Origin and Relationships of the California Flora: Was Raven Ravin’? Program PDF link here. Thanks very much to the Southern California Botanists for their incredible generosity for the invitation and for hosting me. They took care of everything, and organized a truly delightful weekend.
Slides [abbreviated and annotated] from my talk titled ‘The problem of being common (Phacelia sect. Ramosissimae)’. The order of slides starts at the top of this post and scrolls down. These are low res jpgs for web viewing, so high res pdfs are available also by request. Any questions about methods or details please contact me.
Trigger helping me work at the Robert F. Hoover Herbarium [OBI].
Practicing my handwriting with annotations of OBI Hydrophylloideae
My head is so full! Jepson Herbarium Polemoniaceae workshop, day two. Day one was footloose and fancy free with Dr. Leigh Johnson, and photos are over at the tumblr.
Navarretia breweri. From the past trip out to the Bodie Hills and Mono County. One of my favorite Navarretes, and because Dr. Patterson confirmed this id via iphone Portuguese. Also because Tom Schweich’s Mono list is just great. And because we are doing this subtribe tomorrow.
Gymnosteris parvula – these were all over Bodie when we were there. My iPhone autocorrected this genus to Gym Nostrils. Silly iPhone. Names are everything.
Mertensia oblongifolia var. nevadensis in sagebrush scrub at Bodie State Park.
Mertensia oblongifolia var. nevadensis near Dog-faced George’s place at Bodie State Park. A white morph in a population of the normals. Other white morphs on Calphotos [Gary Monroe 1, 2; Mary Winters 1]
Inflorescences of Phacelia cicutaria. The calyx lobes form little baskets around the capsules when mature. The basket breaks off and rolls away like a mini-tumbleweed. Also, the spiky hairs stick efficiently under my skin.
Phacelia cicutaria plant, in rock crevice at Tulloch Mill. Dry dry dry. Type collected April 9th, 1895 and without fruit or seed, so I thought a later date would be better to capture flowering and fruiting. I was wrong! And this is what being wrong looks like. I need to return earlier and repeatedly throughout the spring next year.
Phacelia cicutaria in middle of rock at south side of Tulloch Mill at Knights Ferry. Type locality for Phacelia cicutaria is probably near[er] and along the Stanislaus River ["at Knights Ferry, on the Stanislaus River"], but it was so dry even down at and along the river near Tulloch Mill and the covered bridge that these were the best looking plants I could find. The others were all stripped down skeletons of plants.
The covered bridge at Knights Ferry Rec Area over the Stanislaus River. The General Store in Knights Ferry was closed. Sads. After scouting around the covered bridge and south without finding green plants I didn’t hike further up or down the river. Next year though!