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CNPS-SLO Banquet 2018

CNPS-SLO Banquet 2018

California Native Plant Society - San Luis Obispo Chapter Annual Potluck Banquet Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:30-9:30 pm $10 per person, plus a pot luck item for the dinner NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Morro Bay Veterans Memorial Building 209 Surf St, Morro Bay...

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Invasive Species: Dittrichia graveolens (Stinkwort)

Invasive Species: Dittrichia graveolens (Stinkwort)

Dittrichia graveolens is in the Asteraceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. Stinkwort is erect, growing to 2.5 feet. It typically has a conical shape but can have a round appearance. It’s sometimes confused with Russian thistle (tumbleweed)....

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Sudden Oak Death Not Found in SLO’s 2017 SOD BLITZ

Sudden Oak Death Not Found in SLO’s 2017 SOD BLITZ

Kim Corella from Cal Fire has been heading up the search for Phytophora ramorum, the cause of Sudden Oak Death (SOD). She shared the 2017 SOD BLITZ results for SLO County, noting enormous participation with 289 trees sampled! Kim wanted to thank everyone who...

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April 1, 2017 Carrizo Plain Field Trip

April 1, 2017 Carrizo Plain Field Trip

OH MY GAWD! This is an exact quote from a CNPS member on seeing the super-bloom on the Carrizo Plain. Below is Marlin Harms’ picture of our field trip. While national press has focussed on the wonderful color in the Temblors, there are great flower displays on the west...

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The Sargent Cypress Botanical Reserve: A Hammock Forest

The Sargent Cypress Botanical Reserve: A Hammock Forest

Author: WOODY FREY, Professor emeritus, OH Department, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo. This article was first published in Pacific Horticulture and is reprinted here with permission. Six miles north of San Luis Obispo, California, up a winding road off Highway 101 at an...

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Californians Restore Nature in Their Neighborhoods and Gardens with Calscape.org

Californians Restore Nature in Their Neighborhoods and Gardens with Calscape.org

The goal at Calscape is to help Californians restore nature in their neighborhoods and gardens, and to save water in the process. We can do this by providing in-depth
information about which plants are really native to any location in the state, helping to determine which ones to select, listing sources where the plants can be purchased, and then giving details about how to grow them.

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San Luis Obispo County Sudden Oak Death Blitz 2017

San Luis Obispo County Sudden Oak Death Blitz 2017

The purpose of the SOD Blitz is to inform and educate the community about the disease and its effects, get locals involved in detecting the disease, and produce detailed local maps of disease distribution. The maps can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.

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Common Milkweed (kotolo) Asclepias eriocarpus

Common Milkweed (kotolo) Asclepias eriocarpus

The cover drawing and article for this issue of the OBISPOENSIS was written and drawn by Alice Meyer. She was a very active member (and first Hoover Award Recipient in the 1970 and 80’s. She is the one who named our newsletter, OBISPOENSIS, and served as its editor...

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Carrizo Plain April 1 2017

Carrizo Plain April 1 2017

Images submitted by Nancy Chalk who attended the CNPS-SLO annual field trip to Shell Creek to view the Carrizo Plain wildflowers Images submitted by Steve Schubert who attended the CNPS-SLO annual field trip to Shell Creek to view the Carrizo Plain wildflowers Would...

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Carrizo Plain March 23 2017

Carrizo Plain March 23 2017

The baby blue eyes are just emerging. The creek is flowing nicely. I saw a few wild alliums, baby blue eyes, purple owls clover and desert dandelion. I walked the creek as I look for lillies. Those are elusive! Anyway, besides gold fields and tidy tips and fiddlenecks … we are a couple weeks out from peak.

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Carrizo Plain April 2006 and more

Carrizo Plain April 2006 and more

Richard Pradenas has shared his images from the Carrizo Plain Many of these images are from April 2006, some from August or October to show contrast of seasons. "I'm fairly certain I have the names of the flowers correct for all but #13 "WildPurpleGila"; if anyone can...

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Carrizo Plain Wildflower Report March 12 2017

Carrizo Plain Wildflower Report March 12 2017

HERE’S WHAT’S BLOOMING ON THE CARRIZO PLAIN THIS WEEK Many people have asked when the wildflower season will peak. One guess is in two-four weeks, but we really can't say precisely as each season is different. "Still a little while until the peak, but getting...

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Invasive Species of the Month – Emex spinosa

Invasive Species of the Month – Emex spinosa

Spiny emex (Emex spinosa) Mark Skinner (mskinner@coastalrcd.org) Spiny emex is in the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae) and is an up and coming invasive species in California’s south coast. It’s from the Mediterranean region of Africa infesting disturbed areas...

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CNPS-SLO Banquet 2018

Report on the 2017 Annual Banquet and Awards

This year we were delighted to hear an excellent presentation by Dr. Glen Holstein, Chapter Botanist for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CNPS. In his talk, Rediscovering and Conserving California’s Prairie Landscapes, Glen spoke of how California’s grassland...

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CNPS-SLO Community Involvement

CNPS-SLO Community Involvement

President’s Notes – March 2017 Obispoensis |At CNPS-SLO, we are involved in our communities!! Here are a good few examples. CNPS volunteers participated in the Los Osos Middle School landscape planting day, in mid-January. All 7th and 8th Grade science classes took...

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Coast Live Oak

Coast Live Oak

Dirk Walters, illustration by Bonnie Walters Oaks have been in the news a lot recently. Essentially all of it has been bad from the Oak’s point of view. First, there was the clearing of valley (Quercus lobata) and blue (Q. douglasii) oaks in the Paso Robles area. and...

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Common (White) Yarrow (Achillea millefollium)

Common (White) Yarrow (Achillea millefollium)

Common (White) Yarrow (Achillea millefollium) The plant discussed in this issue of the Obispoensis is one that I’ve wanted to take on for a long time, but could never bring myself to ask Bonnie to draw. Since we are using photos to illustrate it by, I think it’s time....

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