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Upcoming Marin CNPS Events
Monday, November 11 "Lichens" with Shelley Benson
Monday, January 13 "Restoring Habitat for Tiburon Jewelflower" Eva Buxton & Carissa Brands
Nursery Work Days
Tuesday November 12,26 December 10
Thursday November 7,21 December 5
Third Thursday Weeders
Thursday November 21 Point Reyes National Seashore
Wednesday, November 13 Lichen Walk on Mount Vision with Shelly Benson
Wednesday, December 25 Fresh Air Holiday Hike at Big Rock with Dabney Smith
Marin County Parks Naturalist Outings
Sudden Oak Death Prevention Training
Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m.-12 noon
CNPS Marin is co-sponsoring a free SOD Prevention Training on Saturday, November 16 at Dominican University. Learn what steps you can take to help minimize the spread of, and damage from, this devastating introduced pathogen.
Location: Dominican University, 155 Palm Ave., Joseph R. Fink Science Center, Room 102, San Rafael. For more information, visit www.sodmap.org or contact Kristin Jakob at (415) 388-1844, email@example.com.
The Zen of Weeding - Samuel P Taylor State Park weeding parties
Support Samuel P. Taylor State Park here in our own back yard and volunteer to participate in their new restoration program. We will continue weeding in Unicorn Canyon just off the Cross Marin Bike Trail west of the Campground. Bicyclists can ride in! Look for the elusive unicorns, make new friends and relax under the redwoods as we help restore our park to its native state. Easy weeding of exotic invasive African forget-me-nots, free entry for all volunteers.
Sunday, November 3 from 1 to 3pm
Friday, November 8 from 1 to 3pm
Sunday, November 17 from 1 to 3pm
Bring gloves. Enter at the Camp Taylor sign on Sir Francis Drake. To get in free, tell the rangers at the kiosk you are a volunteer weeder. They will give you directions where to park and where to meet us.
Nancy Hanson 488-4202
more Volunteer Opportunities in Marin County
Marin Plants of the month for October 2013 by Doreen Smith: New Plants for Marin Flora
"Just because the Marin Flora has been recently revised in 2007 it doesn't mean that new species of plants cannot be discovered, possibly by any of you. The drying shores of Stafford Lake reservoir, west of Novato have been a site for finding unusual-for-Marin flowers even in late Summer and Fall. Marin Parks and Open Space naturalists often lead free outings there, otherwise there is an entrance fee. It is a great place to visit not just to see the flowers and birds, there are many picnic tables available in both shade and sun with expanses of green lawns where children can run and play.
"Two recent discoveries are native species probably introduced by migrating waterfowl from other parts of California,they are tiny blue-purple petunia, Petunia parviflora and white alkali mallow, Malvella leprosa which are are growing by the eastern part of the reservoir . Two other other unusual spp. are a naturalized arrowhead, Sagittaria brevirostra and also an introduced loosestrife, Lythrum tribracteatum.
"If you find a flowering or fruiting plant that has been difficult for you to identify, I may be able to help you online (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
The Rare Plant Treasure Hunt is a citizen-science program started by CNPS in 2010 with the goal of getting up-to-date information on many of our state’s rare plants, while engaging chapter members and other volunteers in rare plant conservation. Many of California’s rare plant populations have not been seen in decades and some parts of the state have seen little to no botanical exploration to date. This program helps conserve our rare flora by providing valuable data to the CNPS Rare Plant Program and the Department of Fish and Game. Event Calendar
Fall Native Plant Sales
Saturday, November 16, 9am -2 pm Mission Blue Nursery, Brisbane
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