Bryolog 2 (1 December 2015)

Bryophyte Chapter
California Native Plant Society


  • Ben Carter will give a bryo id session and talk on Thursday 3 December 7:00-9:00 at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo—“Bryology: a big role for small plants in enhancing our understanding of the California flora.”
  • Rare bryophyte meeting at UC Berkeley Monday 7 December 2015, 9:00-4:00, in Herbaria seminar room (Valley Live Science Building). If you wish to attend, contact Aaron Sims
  • Paul Wilson will give a talk, “Bryophytes 101,” to the Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter on Thursday 10 December 2015, 7:00-9:00, at the Main Library, Downtown Riverside.
  • On Monday 11 January 2016, Ken Kellman will give a beginner keying session at 5:00 p.m. and a talk at 7:00 p.m., at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.
  • Ken Kellman will lead a bryowalk Saturday 16 January. For details,
  • Bryophyte Walk and Workshop in cooperation with Santa Monica Mts/LA Chapter. Saturday 16 January 2016. 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 at CSU Northridge, 3rd floor of Chaparral Hall 5335 (parking $6) at 12:45 with microscopes. Led by Kirsten Fisher and Paul Wilson. All are welcome to attend one or both events.
  • Kirsten Fisher will be giving a talk to the San Gabriel Mts. Chapter on 28 January 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center.
  • Niel Uelman will lead a beginner bryophyte walk for the Orange County Chapter on Saturday 6 February starting at 9:00 at the San Juan Trailhead off of Ortega Highway.
  • Stephen Rae will present with specimens in hand to the Marin Chapter on Monday 8 February at 7:30, at the Redwoods Retirement Community, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.
  • For Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Southern California Botanists, Paul Wilson will be teaching a two day workshop: 20-21 February 2016, including hands-on time with microscopes, a field trip, and three lectures. Price $150 (or if you are a member of RSABG or SCB $125). Register at
  • Brent Mishler will speak at the East Bay Chapter: “Bryophytes and their biology: mosses are from Mars, vascular plants are from Venus,” Wednesday 24 February, 7:30 p.m. Garden Room, Orinda Library, 24 Orinda Way.
  • Talk by Ken Kellman 10 March 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Meet at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave., Monterey.
  • Spring Foray to be in Sonoma County 18-21 March 2016: register now, before 15 December.

Quarterly Report

  • Election Results came in on Tuesday 3 November 2015. More…
  • TV coverage of Jim Shevock on collecting expeditions organized by Cal Academy. More…
  • Paul Wilson gave banquet talk for Chapter Council and Dorothy King Young Chapter 12 September 2015
  • Amanda Heinrich gave a talk to the Santa Barbara/Channel Islands Chapter on 12 November 2015

Timeless Bits

  • JR Spence, JR Shevock “Imbribryum torenii, a new species from western N Am” Madroño 62: 68-72
  • JR Spence, KM Kellman “New and interesting species of Gemmabryum from California and the West” Madroño 62: 124-135
  • Special issue of Madroño focused entirely on bryophytes. More…
  • Joke…

Special Issue of Madroño

The final issue of Madroño for 2015 is focused on bryophytes:

  • “Introduction to Contributions toward a Bryoflora of California, Part IV”—James R. Shevock
  • “A Checklist of the Bryophytes of the California Channel Islands”—Benjamin E. Carter
  • “A Catalogue of the Mosses of Plumas National Forest, California”—Colin P. Dillingham
  • “A Moss Flora of Lake County, California”—David R. Toren

Thanks to the steering committee

The group that steered the formation of the chapter consisted of: John Brinda, David Hutton, Ken Kellman, Scot Loring, Kiamara Ludwig, Brent Mishler, Stephen Rae, Jim Shevock, and Paul Wilson. Now that we have had an election, that group has completed its job. The new board of directors turns out to have some familiar names, though others could have run: Paul Wilson is President for the next two years; Stephen Rae is President Elect and then President through 2019; John Brinda is Secretary through 2016; David Hutton is Treasurer through 2017; Brent Mishler is Fieldtrip director through 2016. The terms are staggered to establish continuity.

ABC news covers expeditions involving moss collecting

Jim Shevock has been making fine collections of bryophytes not only in California but around the world. In THIS segment, ABC news covers his efforts in noting that Cal Academy now houses 100,000 bryophyte specimens.


My 10-year-old was keying out an Orthotrichum, and she was interminably paused at couplet H:

H. Vaginula ± pubescent…..G
H’ Vaginula naked to hairy…..I

I took a deep breath: okay, it’s time for THE talk, I thought.

“Honey, if we were entomologists, there would be a picture to accompany this couplet, but our people are better than all that.”

If you’re not talking with your kids about bryology, who will?

♠ ♠ ♠


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