Bryolog 1 (1 September 2015)

the word "Bryolog" and a drawing of Dendroalsia



  • Spring Foray to be in Sonoma County on 18-21 March 2016—More…
  • Paul Wilson will give the evening talk to Chapter Council and the Dorothy King Young Chapter on 12 September at Russian Gulch State Park Recreation Hall
  • Elections: Chapter members will receive an email link to the ballot in late September; ballots are due on the first Tuesday of November
  • Amanda Heinrich will give a talk at 7:30 on 12 November at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Blaksley Library, free parking is available; co-sponsored with the Channel Islands Chapter
  • Bryophyte Walk and Workshop in cooperation with Santa Monica Mts/LA Chapter. Saturday 16 January. Bring a hand lens and brunch. Start at Caballero Canyon (near the south end of Reseda Blvd across the street from Country Club Pl) meeting at 8:45 to collect in the field. Continuing (after lunch) at CSU Northridge (3rd floor of Chaparral Hall 5335; parking $6) at 12:45 with microscopes. Led by Kirsten Fisher and Paul Wilson ( Participants may attend one or both events.

Quarterly Report

  • As of 17 August, we have only 34 memberships affiliated with the Chapter. If you’ve had problems with the CNPS profile site, email us so that we’ll know. If you’ve been procrastinating, procrastinate no more. Sign up now!
  • Paul Wilson led a walk with San Gabriel Mts Chapter on 8 August 2015
  • First call to join chapter went out to past SO BE FREE participants 3 July 2015
  • CNPS profile revised to accept multiple chapter affiliations 29 June 2015
  • Chapter website went live on 12 June 2015
  • Chapter accepted into CNPS 30 May 2015, Quincy, CA—More…
  • Ken Kellman gave talk to the Monterey Bay Chapter on 14 May 2015
  • Kirsten Fisher gave talk to the South Coast Chapter on 4 May 2015
  • Species List from SO BE FREE 20—More…

Timeless Bits

Register Now for Spring Bryophyte Foray

SO BE FREE 21 is to be in western Sonoma County, Friday-Monday, 18-21 March, 2016. As always, beginners are welcome, and this year we will have an expanded workshop for beginners on Friday afternoon at the start of the event. That session will include a slideshow on bryophyte biology as well as a tour of mosses and liverworts to be viewed with a hand lens and microscope. Field trips are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning. The bryophytes of Sonoma County have not yet been treated floristically. The county has marine sandstone deposits, volcanics, serpentine, and riparian habitats. Participants can see coastal prairie, redwood forest, live oak woodland, serpentine chaparral, and chaparral scrub. Evenings will be filled with Informal talks and keying sessions with microscopes. In addition to seeing interesting wild areas and learning new plants, important goals for SO BE FREE include keeping bryological friends in touch and teaching beginners. For details and to register, go to This year’s SO BE FREE will be the first annual general meeting of the Bryophyte Chapter.

Founding of the Bryophyte Chapter

On 30 May 2015, the Bryophyte Chapter was formed. Chapter Council had deliberated on the subject for several months. Topics of discussion included whether the unit should be called a “chapter” or something else, whether we would have a seat on the Chapter Council, how to ensure that groups such as ours will not hurt local chapters, and how to establish a process by which such petitions will only be accepted when credibly aligned with the mission of CNPS. In the end, the CNPS bylaws were amended to make room for chapters based on a focal interest. Then, the following motion was made, seconded, and passed: “With respectful recognition of the 20 years the Bryophyte group has evolved and contributed to the knowledge and understanding of bryophyte ecology, evolution, systematics, and conservation, and in appreciation for what the Bryophyte group brings to CNPS in support of our mission, the Chapter Council welcomes the Bryophyte Chapter into CNPS without delay.” Finally, the Board of Directors went into a special unscheduled session and voted, “To accept the Bryophyte Chapter as the 35th chapter of the California Native Plant Society.” The leaders of the Bryophyte Chapter send thanks to all those who added their thoughts to the discussion, and aim to live up to the trust that was placed in us.

Figure 1. Founding of CNPS Bryophyte Chapter. Left to right standing: Laura Camp (CNPS Board President), Jim Shevock, Paul Wilson, Brent Mishler, Orchid Black (Chapter Council Chair). Left to right kneeling: Dan Gluesenkamp (Executive Director) and Brett Hall (Delegate from the Tahoe Chapter and initiator of the motion to admit the Bryophyte Chapter)

Species List from SO BE FREE 20

—Ken Kellman, John Brinda

We collected bryophytes in and around the San Bernardino National Forest associated with the Spring Foray last March. The foray allowed us to visit Mojave desert, Piñon pine woodland, montane coniferous forest, chaparral, and riparian sites on the coastal side of the mountains. We have identified our specimens to the following 75 taxa.

LIVERWORTS: Cephaloziella hampeana; Chiloscyphus polyanthos var. rivularis; Clevea hyalina var. hyalina; Marchantia polymorpha; Porella bolanderi; Porella cordaeana.

MOSSES: Amblystegium serpens; Anacolia menziesii var. baueri; Antitrichia californica; Aulacomnium androgynum; Bartramia aprica; Brachytheciastrum fendleri; Brachytheciastrum salicinum; Brachytheciastrum velutinum var. velutinum; Brachythecium frigidum; Ceratodon purpureus subsp. purpureus; Claopodium whippleanum; Conardia compacta; Cratoneuron filicinum; Crossidium aberrans; Crumia latifolia; Dicranoweisia cirrata; Didymodon brachyphyllus; Didymodon eckeliae; Didymodon insulanus; Didymodon vinealis var. vinealis; Encalypta rhaptocarpa var. trachymitria; Eucladium verticillatum; Fissidens grandifrons; Gemmabryum caespiticium; Gemmabryum kunzei; Gemmabryum vinosum; Grimmia anodon; Grimmia calyptrata; Grimmia lisae; Grimmia montana var. montana; Hedwigia detonsa; Homalothecium nevadense subsp. nevadense; Homalothecium pinnatifidum; Hygroamblystegium varium var. humile; Hygrohypnella bestii; Imbribryum miniatum; Mnium marginatum; Orthotrichum affine; Orthotrichum lyellii var. lyellii; Orthotrichum macounii; Orthotrichum pumilum; Orthotrichum pylaisii (or perhaps O. laevigatum); Orthotrichum rupestre var. globosum; Oxyrrhynchium hians; Philonotis fontana; Plagiomnium medium; Pohlia wahlenbergii; Polytrichum juniperinum; Pterygoneurum lamellatum; Pterygoneurum ovatum; Ptychostomum creberrimum; Ptychostomum lonchocaulon; Ptychostomum pseudotriquetrum; Rosulabryum canariense; Rosulabryum capillare; Rosulabryum gemmascens; Schistidium splendens; Schistidium squarrosum; Syntrichia caninervis; Syntrichia comparable to norvegica; Syntrichia ruralis; Syntrichia subpapillosissima; Syntrichia virescens var. virescens; Timmiella crassinervis; Tortula brevipes; Tortula hoppeana; Tortula inermis; Tortula mucronifolia; Tortula subulata.

Desiccation Tolerance

—Brent Mishler

The public television station in the Bay Area (KQED) produced a video and story about desiccation tolerance in mosses and the rotifers that live with them.

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