SLO Chapter News

Invasive Species Report: Purple Ragwort (Senecio elegans)

Invasive Species Report: Purple Ragwort (Senecio elegans)

An attractive member of the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family Senecio elegans is an erect annual herb, up to 1 ft. tall and to 1.5 ft. wide. It is native to Southern Africa and is distributed along coastal California. In northern San Luis Obispo County there are groups at San Simeon Point and at the other end of the county in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

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A Few Rare Dune Natural Plant Communities

A Few Rare Dune Natural Plant Communities

San Luis Obispo County dunes, and the Oceano dunes surrounding Oso Flaco Lake in particular, are awesome places that are full of rare plants and at least three rare natural communities, as defined by the Manual of California Vegetation …

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CNPS-SLO Fights for a Better Froom Ranch Specific Plan

CNPS-SLO Fights for a Better Froom Ranch Specific Plan

Beginning in 2015, an LA-based investment group, in partnership with a prominent local landowner and local planning firm, began the process of seeking to develop a large residential project in the City of San Luis Obispo at the corner of Los Osos Valley Road and Calle Joaquin. The project, known as the Froom Ranch Specific Plan (FRSP)

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The Passing of the Presidential Torch

The Passing of the Presidential Torch

Our chapter owes a great deal of gratitude to Bill Waycott for his excellent leadership, and to Diana, his wonderful wife, for her contributions as well. Bill will be staying on the Board as Field Trips Chair, and therefore we will not lose his wisdom. The torch now passes to Melissa Mooney,

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2019 Community Award Recipient: ALPS

2019 Community Award Recipient: ALPS

We are pleased to honor the Atascadero Land Preservation Society (ALPS) with our CNPSSLO Community Award. President Mike Orvis and Vice President John Goers accepted the award at our 2020 Banquet.

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Where are the flowers

Where are the flowers

Participate in the new effort to use digital images to investigate ​phenological change in a biodiversity hotspot​ – California. 

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Invasive Species Report: Bull thistle Cirsium vulgare

Invasive Species Report: Bull thistle Cirsium vulgare

A member of the Asteraceae family, bull thistle is an annual herb native to Europe and is widespread in California and listed as a noxious weed in Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. It is found in every state in the U.S. and on every continent except Antarctica. It is a problem in some natural areas such as Yosemite National Park, California

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Tetragonia tetragonoides (New Zealand Spinach)

Tetragonia tetragonoides (New Zealand Spinach)

New Zealand spinach belongs to a family of flowering plants, Aizoaceae, that is primarily native to the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand spinach is, in fact native to Southern Africa but has spread to New Zealand and is apparently a serious weed throughout southern Australia. Obviously, it has also been introduced into North America and Eurasia.

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2019 Plant Sale

2019 Plant Sale

Native  Plant Sale This Saturday – November 2, 9am-2pm – Pacific Beach High School (at Target Intersection), SLO

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Claytonia perfoliata (Miner’s Lettuce)

Claytonia perfoliata (Miner’s Lettuce)

Heather Johnson has a new watercolor for us to use on the cover of this issue of Obispoensis. It’s most commonly identified around the central coast as miner’s lettuce (Claytonia (Montia) perfoliata). The situation where a leaf blade base appears to be passed through (perforated) by its stem is said to be perfoliate.

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Plant Sale Announcement + Volunteers Needed

Plant Sale Announcement + Volunteers Needed

The annual CNPS SLO plant sale fundraiser will be held at Pacific Beach High School, 11950 Los Osos Valley Road SLO (at the Target intersection) from 9am-2pm on Saturday November 2, 2019. Volunteers needed.

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CNPS Education Program

CNPS Education Program

our chapter had the opportunity to work with Bev Gingg and Learning Among the Oaks, a program that has been working to introduce young children to the oak woodland community at the Santa Margarita Ranch, and, more recently, at the Pismo Preserve

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Mugwort

Mugwort

This plant was used for a variety of uses throughout California. The Chumash made a tea to put on poison oak to relieve the symptoms. They also made a felt cone from the dried leaves to burn on a patients skin to cauterize a wound.

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Matilija poppy

Matilija poppy

The cover of the May-June Obispoensis features a watercolor of Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri, by Heather Johnson. Dirk Walters provides an introduction and notes to the description written by Alice Meyer back in the 1970’s or early 80’s for the local Audubon Chapter Newsletter.

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