Point Buchon trail

Title: Point Buchon trail

Location: Montaña de Oro State Park

Description: Sunday, January 5, 9:00 a.m. The Point Buchon trail gives us access to the wide coastal shelf between the local hills and the rugged coast line south of Coon Creek. The area is relatively undisturbed and early winter wild flowers should be in evidence.

Meet at the parking lot at the southern end of Pecho Valley Road, Montaña de Oro SP at the start of the Coon Creek trail.

Bring water and snacks, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes are recommended.

For more information, call Bill at (805) 459-2103 or email: bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Rain or the threat of rain cancels.

Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2014-01-05

Rinconada Trail

Title: Rinconada Trail

Location: Los Padres National Forest

Description: Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. Walk to the top of the ridge for panoramic views in all directions. The trail passes through several plant communities including areas of serpentine soils.

Meet at Rinconada trailhead, about 10 miles east of Hwy 101 on Pozo Road. Look for signage ¼ mile prior to the entrance to the trail head off of Pozo Road on the right hand side. Carpoolers meet in front of Pacific Beverage Co., 22255 El Camino Real Dr., Santa Margarita, at 8:30 a.m.

Bring water and snacks, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes are recommended.

For more information, call Bill at (805) 459-2103 or email: bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Rain or the threat of rain cancels.

Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2013-12-07

Monkey Flower

Monkey Flower

A new species of monkey flower discovered in the Sierra Nevada!

Mimulus filicifoliusI am the editor of Madroño, the Journal of the California Botanical Society. In the most recent issue Jay Sexton, Katie Ferris, and Steve Schoenig, published their discovery of the fern-leaved monkeyflower (Mimulus filicifolius). It’s a new species with finely divided, bi-pinnately compound leaves found in the northwestern Sierra Nevada where it occurs mostly on ephemeral seeps in rock outcrops.

Mimulus filicifolius is highly restricted, known only from Butte and Plumas Counties within the Plumas National Forest, and should therefor be considered in future conservation strategies.

As new botanical discoveries like this one are made, revised treatments for the Jepson Manual will be published online at the Jepson eFlora.

− Matt Ritter

Mimulus filicifolius map


Conservation Conference 2015

CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference Offers

Registration Rebates to Volunteers

Most of you received the Save the Date postcard in the mail recently and know that we are knee‐deep in planning the Big Party, the 50th Anniversary year kick-­‐off event — CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference: 50 Years of Progress and Promise!

About the Conference

This event will take place in San Jose, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, January 13-­‐17, 2015. Workshops and field trips will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 13th and 14th and the scientific conference will be Thursday-­‐Saturday, Jan 15-­‐17.

We have lots of space this year with almost the entire hotel to ourselves- meeting rooms galore and sleeping accommodations all in one building. We even have our own disco bar with stage and sunken mosh pits. It’s plush and easy.

Volunteers Needed

This event takes a village to put together! Several hundred volunteers contributed their knowledge and talents for the last two conferences and we will need lots of help this time too. If you would like to get in on this high energy event we have lots of opportunities for participation. Help make this an event to remember by lending your talents, be they herding cats, planning a field trip, presenting your research, or expressing your love of native flora through the arts.

There are great registration rebates available for volunteers. If you jump in on a planning commitee and put in 32 hours or more over the next year, you may ask for a full rebate. If you take a smaller commitment or volunteer during the conference you will be eligible for a partial rebate. All volunteers must be current CNPS members. Right now we need assistance for several key planning commitees:

  • Outreach Commitee-­‐ 2 people
  • Volunteer Coordinator-­‐ 2 people
  • Arts Commitees –Botanical Arts, Landscape Art, Photography, Poetry reading, and Music -­‐ 2-­‐3 people each
  • Audio Visual coordinators-­‐ 2 people
  • Field Trips Coordinators 2-­‐3 people-­‐ should be local to San Jose or Bay Area
  • Silent and live auctions and Drawing -­‐ up to 5 people
  • Media and Publicity-­‐ 2-­‐4 people (1-­‐2 should be local to San Jose or Bay Area)
  • Local Information (things to do and see in the San Jose area)-­‐ 1 person local to San Jose or Bay Area
  • Santa Clara Valley Chapter liaison
  • East Bay Chapter liaison

If you have interest or just curiosity about any of the above, contact Josie Crawford at jcrawford@cnps.org or call (916) 447-­‐2677, for complete job descriptions for each position.

CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference

Annual Banquet 2014

San Luis Obispo Chapter of the

California Native Plant Society

Annual Potluck Banquet

Saturday, January 25, 2014

5:30-9:30 pm

Morro Bay Community Center

1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay

*5:30 pm Social Hour

6:30 pm Buffet Style Potluck Dinner

7:30 pm Chapter business

8:30 pm Program

*Please note, banquet events begin a half hour earlier than previous years

Program: John Rebman, Ph.D., will provide a presentation on the natural history of the Baja Peninsula. He is a plant taxonomist and conducts extensive floristic research in Baja California and in San Diego and Imperial counties. Dr. Redman has been the Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed Chair/Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum since 1996. He leads various field classes and botanical expeditions each year and is actively naming and describing new plant species from our region. His primary research interests have centered on the systematics of the Cactus family in Baja California, especially the genera Cylindropuntia (chollas) and Opuntia (prickly-pears). However, Dr. Rebman also does a great deal of general floristic research and has co-published the most recent edition of the Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Diego County. Dr. Rebman recently finished a new edition of the Baja California Plant Field Guide with co-author Norman Roberts that was published in June 2012. He is in the process of finishing another book titled Ferns and Lycophytes of San Diego County that is co-authored with Annette Winner.

Tickets are $10 per person – You may reserve your spot with credit card or PayPal by clicking the Tickets button, or if you prefer, you may send payment to D. Krause, 2706 Newton Drive, Cambria, CA, 93428. dkincambria@aol.com or 805-927-5182 Tickets

Potluck suggestions: CNPS will be providing the beer, wine, coffee, tea, and assorted beverages included with the cost of the banquet. Plates, glasses, cups, and napkins will be available; we ask that you bring your own eating utensils, although plastic utensils will be available.

For the dinner potluck, we are asking those with last names beginning with the following letters to bring the suggested item (and serving utensils). However, if you have a dish you especially want to share with the group, please feel free to bring it or contact Lauren (805-460-6329) or lbrown805@charter.net to get alternative suggestions.

A to H: salad (with dressing) or side dish
I to Q: dessert
R to Z: main meat or veggie dish

Please put your name on a label or piece of tape on your serving items so they can be returned to you.

Driving Directions: Exit Hwy 1 at Morro Bay Boulevard. At the “roundabout” turn right onto Quintana Road, and left onto Kennedy Way (after Albertson’s). Go ½ block. Community Center is on the right.

Hope to see you there.  If you have any questions, please contact Lauren at lbrown805@charter.net, or 805-460-6329.

Thank you, the Banquet Committee





Chapter Meeting – December 5, 2013

Chapter Meeting – December 5, 2013

Title: Chapter Meeting – December 5, 2013

Location: San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

Description: The speaker for the December meeting is Marlin Harms who will speak (and demonstrate) “Photographing our local native plants.” December may be seen as a bit early for the April prime-time wildflower photography, but it’s just the right time to exploit the holiday season for acquiring a piece or two of equipment to enhance the experience.

Start Time: 19:00

Date: 2013-12-05

End Time: 21:00

Plant Sale MVV

2013 Most Valuable Volunteer

Suzette and I would like to acknowledge this year’s plant sale Most Valuable Volunteer.

The decision was difficult because we have so many outstanding members who volunteer annually, but this year one person stands out and that person is Bill Shearer.

Bill has helped at the sale for many years and has always given it “his all.” From bringing plants in his truck to spending the whole day selling plants and then taking down, you could say he has done it all! Thank you for your many hours of service and kindness to customers, Bill, you are greatly appreciated. Congratulations, you are this year’s MVV.

-John and Suzette

President’s Message December 2013

Plant Sale

Thank you to all the volunteers, the plant buyers, and especially to John Nowak and Suzette Girouard who make it all happen. The sale was successful and will ensure that our chapter will survive in good health. I particularly enjoyed having Los Osos Middle School and John Chesnut, their native plants program mentor, come to the sale.


Maybe it has been the driest of years, but it has not prevented a fine display of fall color in the cottonwoods at Shell Creek, along the Estrella and Salinas Rivers and at Cerro Alto. The trees were really spectacular at the Big Sandy Wildlife Area, which runs along the Salinas River opposite Camp Roberts. This will be a great place to visit once the rivers start flowing again, as it has a relatively undamaged riparian woodland along the banks. Access is best from the road to Indian Valley, accessed on the east side of the San Miguel bridge and following the river northwards to a cluster of communication towers where parking is available and there is easy access to the river bed.

Congratulations, Kristie

I would like to congratulate Kristie Haydu on her election to the Board of Directors of CNPS. Lauren made a great contribution to the Board and I know Kristie will do excellent work.

None of These are in Texas!

California has long been proud of having the tallest plant (Coast Redwood 379 feet), the largest plant (Giant sequoia, over 52,000 cubic feet), and the oldest tree (Bristlecone pine 5,063 years). California also had the oldest tree that reproduced by continuous cloning, a Palmer oak at 13,000 years in the Jarupa Mts, which beats out the King Clone creosote bush in the Mojave Desert (a mere 11,700 years old).

California has some competition in the clone department, being beaten to the finish line by Colorado’s “Pando” clone of Quaking aspen (80,000-1,000,000 years) and closely followed by two Norway spruce clones in Sweden and a Huon pine in Tasmania that are between 9,000-10,000 years old.

Fungi might have plants beat on size. A clonal colony of Armillaria ostoyae in Oregon’s Blue Mountains extends over 2,384 acres (4 square miles).

E.O. Wilson and Richard Dawkins, of course, would consider the reader the oldest organism, along with every tree and animal who are all of the same age as you. A species is, after all, only DNA’s way of replicating itself, and it has been cloning itself since life’s initial start on the planet. And we are obsessed with self-replication, as our DNA seems inclined toward twerking.

– Dave Chipping

Conservation – December 2013

Spanish Springs

Although the developer has withdrawn the EIR for the Spanish Springs Development and Sierra Club withdrew their suit regarding the adequacy of the document, the threat at the west end of Price Canyon remains, and it will be back once some water and traffic issues are resolved.

Arroyo Grande Oilfield

Far scarier is a projected increase in the size of the Arroyo Grande Oilfield at the east end of the canyon. This involves adding 11 new well pads and modifying 38 existing pads to put 350 new wells in place. There will be new steam pipelines, an already approved expansion of steam generation (steam is used to warm the thick oil undeground so it will flow and no fracking is proposed), a new Pismo Creek bridge and more. They propose to remove 1,650 oaks trees (yes.. you read that correctly!) and 1,200 manzanita.

The Wells manzanita (A. wellsii) is a predominant shrub and was a List 1B.1 plant until Jepson2 reclassified and lumped it as A. pilosula, List 1B.2. They also intend to destroy an acre of occupied Pismo clarkia habitat (listed as Rare by the State and Federally Endangered, a CNPS list 1B.1 plant). It is also possible that Indian Knob Mountain Balm may be impacted. CNPS will be actively commenting on the Draft EIR when it is released.

Carrizo Plain

map carrizo plainThe CNPS Vegetation Program has completed a Vegetation Map of the Carrizo Plain. The map, which maps at the level of Vegetation Alliance (dominant single species) associated report can be accessed from http:// www.carrizoscience.org/vegetation-mapping. I attended a conference held at the SLO Botanic Garden in November that dealt solely with ongoing biological research on the Carrizo Plain. There was discussion of optimizing conditions for an array of animals, partly by managing the vegetation. CNPS must keep a careful eye to ensure that such management does not adversely impact our interests in conserving plant habitat.

– David Chipping

Chapter Meeting – November 7, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

7:00 p.m.

San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

Horticulture Program

Speaker: Elliott Paulson

Mr. Paulson attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance in 1978. After several years working as a Stock Broker, he returned to Cal Poly to learn Ornamental Horticulture and started Clearwater Color Wholesale Nursery in 1987.

Clearwater Color Nursery employs 17 people and supplies plant material to approximately 60 independent garden centers as well as gardeners and landscape contractors. Clearwater Color specializes in annuals, vegetable starts, succulents, ornamental grasses, ground covers, California Natives and a large assortment of perennials suited for our Mediterranean Climate Zone.