Chapter Meeting June 7, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Veterans Building 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo
Nuri Benet-Pierce is a Research Associate at San Diego State University and is currently working on various taxonomic problems in the genus Chenopodium, the “goosefoots.” She has also worked on pollen hetero-morphism in the monocot family Haemodoraceae, which entailed field work in Australia and resulted in a publication (Australian Systematic Botany 22: 16-30, 2009). Nuri is co-author of the Chenopodium and Dysphania treatments for The Jepson Manual 2. Her work on Chenopodium has resulted in the recognition of a new species in California, Chenopodium littoreum Benet-Pierce & M. G. Simpson (Madroño 57: 64-72, 2010). Her presentation will review how this recognition came about and address some basic taxonomic issues in Chenopodium.
The next chapter meeting is Thursday, October 4, 2012.
Plant ID Workshop
Before the June 7 chapter meeting starts we are having a free plant ID workshop for our members and other participants who are interested in practicing their identification skills, learning the local flora, and looking at live material more closely in a casual and fun setting.
The workshop for the June 7 chapter meeting will cover the California tarplants (also known as tarweeds). Several aromatic, sticky, summer blooming native wildflowers in the composite family can be found in the grasslands around SLO county. We will focus on identifying and learning the important characters for the most common species.
The workshop will be from 6:15 to 7 p.m.
Please join us for this fun and informative event!