Kevin Alison: Plants of Catalina Island – Sept 12, 2022

Our September meeting is on the 12th due to Labor Day holiday on the 5th.  The speaker is Kevin Alison, MSc Conservation & Restoration Science, on plants of Catalina Island.  Kevin has a fun presentation and will actually be on the island that day. He is in transition from his role at Tree of Life and will be starting as the Plant Ecologist for the Catalina Island Conservancy in a couple weeks. Find Kevin on Instagram at

Dudleya virens sap, insularis.

The most common native plant communities of Catalina Island are chaparral, coastal sage scrub, island oak-ironwood woodland and grassland. About 400 species of native plants grow on the island. Six species, subspecies or varieties are endemic and can be found only on Catalina Island: Catalina manzanita (Arctostaphylos catalinae); Catalina mahogany (Cercocarpus traskiae); Catalina dudleya (Dudleya hassei); St. Catherine’s lace (Eriogonum giganteum var. giganteum); Santa Catalina bedstraw (Galium catalinens ssp. catalinense); and Santa Catalina Island ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. floribundus). Kevin will discuss some of these and other plants of the island. (

Bluff restoration near Little Harbor and Shark Harbor by the @catalinaconservancy , much of the plants here are native bulbs, which take many years to propagate.
Kevin Alison


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Kevin Alison – speaker – plants of Catalina Island.
What a fantastic presentation.
We learned about the plants and some birds & mammals around Catalina Island, and the different ecosystems that occur on the island.
You can see the presentations after the fact:
    I think it usually takes a month after the meeting for the presentation to be uploaded.

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