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Upcoming Marin CNPS Events
Monday, March 10 Jeff Bisbee on Manzanitas ~ Arctostaphylos
Monday, April 14 John Kipping on Ethnobotany of California
Monday, March 10 Arctostaphylos of Mount Tamalpais with Jeff Bisbee
Saturday, April 5 Wildflower Thrills on Bill’s Trail with Carolyn Longstreth
Saturday, June 7 The Cedars with Roger Raiche
Nursery Work Days
Tuesday March 18
Thursdays March 13 and 27
Habitat Restoration at Samuel P. Taylor State Park
second Friday and second Sunday of every month
Third Thursday Weeders
third Thursday of every month
Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 12
Sunday, March 30 Olompali State Park - Wildflower Hike with Clint Kellner
Marin County Parks Naturalist Outings
Native Plant and Wildflower reports from Marin County
Report (email us) your Marin native plant sightings and photographs
Trillium chloropetalum, Viola sempervirens - click on image for full photo
February 21 Kathy Tama reports: "I hiked up Steep Ravine Trail and saw this absolutely stunning Trillium chloropetalum (giant wakerobin) and some delicate Viola sempervirens (redwood violet)."
February 13 Carolyn Longstreth reports: "In Samuel P. Taylor Park, at the bottom of the Pioneer Tree Trail, Trillium ovatum just opening. Also, along bike trail, opposite sign for Redwood Grove, some Scoliopus Bigelovii foliage emerging. It appears that only a few flowered this year."
Wildflower sightings from past seasons
For more information and photographs of California native plants,
go to Calflora, CalPhotos., or USDA PLANTS
Bioblitz 2014 on Mount Tamalpais
The Marin Municipal Water District is pleased to partner with the California Academy of Sciences for a third year of botanical bioblitzes on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed.
A botanical "bioblitz" is a focused, citizen science survey that captures the biodiversity of plants in a defined area. Participants will visit distinctive and beautiful sites on the watershed to photograph and collect plants for the Academy's research collections.
Last year, our citizen scientists made over 700 written observations, recorded data on over 300 plant species, and collected about 200 specimens. Now it is time to survey another part of the watershed, and we need your help!
View our observations and contribute your own on iNaturalist.
Bioblitz 2014 Schedule:
Saturdays, MARCH 22, APRIL 26, MAY 10, JUNE 14, SEPTEMBER 13
Pre-registration required for all events.
To join us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 945-1128.
more Volunteer Opportunities in Marin County
Marin Plant of the month for March 2014
Trillium chloropetalum, giant trillium
pictures and text by Doreen Smith, click on images for full photos
"Marin has plants with the petal-color being either green, brown, pink or red-purple. On the immediate coast of Pt. Reyes ,e.g. Tomales Point and on the Marin Headlands at Wolfback Ridge, petals can be shorter than those of inland populations. "
"If you find a flowering or fruiting plant that has been difficult for you to identify, I may be able to help you online (email@example.com) if you send me details of the location it was found in Marin and a digital image."
For more information about and photographs of California native plants,
visit Calflora, CalPhotos. or USDA PLANTS
Joe Kohn and Ken Howard Memorial Scholarships
2014-2015 Academic Year
The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to offer scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students doing research on plant systematics, plant ecology, plant physiology, plant community restoration or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Marin County or other local habitats in Central and Northern California. Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation are especially encouraged to apply.
One $500 Joe Kohn undergraduate scholarship and one $1,500 Joe Kohn graduate scholarship will be available. In addition one $1,500 Ken Howard graduate scholarship will be awarded. Only one application need be submitted per student. Evaluation of student applications will focus on the stated purpose of the research, experimental design, and overall impression of the research project. Extra consideration will be given to proposals for work on one or more species that grow in Marin County, work to be carried out in Marin County, and work having special potential for improving conservation of California native plants or educating the public about them.
Applications must be postmarked by April 1st, 2014. Awards will be announced at the May, 2014, meeting of the Marin Chapter CNPS
NATIVE PLANT SALES
Saturday April 12 Marin CNPS Plant Sale 10am to 3pm
Volunteers at the Marin CNPS nursery have been busy propagating a variety of native perennials, shrubs and bunchgrasses; all drought tolerant plants, all great for a home garden. We’re also growing a selection of annual wildflowers in 4” pots, as well as a selection of larval host plants for the habitat gardener.
Please let us know if you can help! There’s a lot of planning behind-the scenes; creating fliers and signage, organizing displays, demos and speakers, and outreach to partnering organizations. We’ll also need volunteers to help with set-up, and on the day of the sale. We would be most appreciative of help from a graphic designer, or someone familiar with MAC design programs.
Please contact us if you are able to lend a hand to this important fund-raising event.
Kristin Jakob – firstname.lastname@example.org – 388-1844
Charlotte Torgovitsky – email@example.com – 892-9148
Saturday, April 19 Regional Parks Botanic Garden 10am to 3pm
Fundraiser Plant Sale Where: the living museum of California native plants the Regional Parks Botanic Garden on Wildcat Canyon Road (between Anza View Road & South Park Drive) in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. Volunteers will direct you to parking spots. No entrance admission or parking fee!
Experts stationed at every post.
"What plants would do well in clay soil?"
"Any suggestions for a garden that doesn't get much sun?"
"You got any 'deer proof' plants?"
"Where's your seeds table?"
All proceeds will directly benefit the Garden.
Please bring empty boxes to carry your treasures home.
510-544-3169 Bgarden@ebparks.org www.nativeplants.org
Favorite Marin Plant Walks - Mountain Home to West Point
a Native Plant Identification website under construction by Bruce Homer-Smith and Marin CNPS.
Please try it out.
Doreen Smith's Rare Plant Report 2012
2012 supplement to Marin Flora 2007
Marin CNPS Photo Gallery
Marin State and Federally Listed Rare, Threatened, or Endangered Plants
Common Bay Area Spring Wildflowers
Common Bay Area Shrubs
Summer Wildflowers of Abbotts Lagoon area
Spring Wildflowers of Abbotts Lagoon area
Arctostaphylos species of Marin County
Orobanche species of Marin County
Some Native Orchids of Marin County
Delphinium bakeri pictures and article
Plant Communities of Marin County
Gardening with Native Plants in the San Francisco Bay Area
Native Plants that Attract Birds
Sowing Wildflowers in Your Garden
Is That Plant Really Native? Genetic Considerations for Conservation, Restoration and Horticulture by Dr. Paul G. da Silva
The new edition of John Thomas Howell's classic 1949
Marin Flora is co-authored by Wilma Follette, Catherine Best and Frank Almeda, Senior Curator of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and is a joint project of the Marin Chapter of the CNPS and the Academy of Sciences. This updated edition has added 416 line drawings to assist in keying species, new well-tested dichotomous keys, and color photos of plant communities in Marin. There are new maps along with satellite images of Marin County. As much as possible has been preserved of Howell's original plant descriptions that have long delighted botanists as well as his insights and poetic observations. Hard and soft cover books will be available for purchase at chapter meetings or you can Order Marin Flora from the Marin Chapter CNPS. Marin Chapter members have contributed many hours of volunteer labor andexpertise; work was carried out at the Academy where plant specimens are retained. Publication was made possible by Tom Howell's generous remembrance of the chapter in his will when he died in 1994.
2012 supplement to Marin Flora 2007
Cover illustration: "Mt. Tamalpais from Corte Madera Creek" by Tom Killion © 2004
California's Wild Gardens showcases the splendid abundance of California's native plants in their natural settings - from foggy rain forests and rolling grasslands to high alpine meadows and parched deserts. The book offers a close-up look at more than one hundred special sites in the state, highlighting their distinctive ecology, the rare and unique plants found in them, and some of their more familiar botanical treasures. With its spectacular color photographs and lively writing by some of California's best biologists and ecologists, California's Wild Gardens is the perfect introduction to the state's remarkable botanical diversity. Like the best travel guides, it will inspire its readers to further explore California's natural heritage. In addition to illuminating California's botanical bounty, this book discusses threats facing the state's flora and describes protection efforts now under way.
Find this and more at the Pickleweed Press Website
CNPS Grass and Wildflower Posters
Plant Communities of Marin by David Shuford and Irene C. Timossi
Invasive Alert - Lepidium latifolium - Pt. Reyes staff have been finding scattered new populations of Perennial Pepperweed in Tomales Bay and would greatly appreciate reports of any plants seen around Tomales Bay. Please contact Ecologist Lorraine Parsons at Lorraine_Parsons@nps.gov. with information as to the location (as precise as possible), size, and life stage (flowering, fruiting, etc).
Lepidium latifolium description and photos
Junior Botanists Program
E-mail questions or comments to Marin CNPS
Our logo is the Tiburon Mariposa Lily
(Calochortus tiburonensis). This extremely rare lily can be seen blooming from the end of May through mid-June among the serpentine rocks of Ring Mountain in Marin County, California. In fact, this is the only place in the world it has ever been found growing in the wild. It was first noticed by botanists in 1971 when the small patch of land on which it lives passed from private into public hands. The plant is now in cultivation and can be seen in botanic gardens.
Try your hand at identifying the parts of this flower:
View more photographs of this lily in its native habitat
Visit the College of Marin's "To See A World Project" to learn more about Ring Mountain
The California Native Plant Society
is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of California native plants and their natural habitats, and to increasing the understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. It seeks to accomplish these goals in a number of ways, through: CNPS chapters throughout the state. Money at the State level is provided by the dues of members. Local chapters raise money through plant sales and poster and book sales. The California Native Plant Society has 9,000 members statewide. The Marin Chapter, which was founded in 1973, has approximately 500 members.
The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society thanks Geology Professor Jim Locke and the College of Marin for hosting our Web Pages.e-mail Marin CNPS