Botany Society Plant Festival Speaker Confirmed

Pratt's Metalmark. Apodemia dialeuca pratti. ©Dennis Walker

Pratt's Metalmark. Apodemia dialeuca pratti. ©Dennis Walker

Dr. Gordon Pratt, a lepidopterist at the University of California Riverside, has been confirmed at the Botany Festival Speaker. Dr. Pratt, a resident of Anza, will discuss local butterflies and the local plants upon which these butterflies depend.

If you've seen seen metalmark butterflies in the Holcomb Valley area in the San Bernardino National Forest you may well have seen a subspecies of metalmark named after Dr. Pratt.  Apodemia dialeuca pratti is Pratt's Metalmark pictured to the right. 

Dr. Pratt will be speaking Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 1:30 PM in the Visitor Center of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Admission if free.

Annual Plant Sale Dates Announced

Fairy Duster. Calliandra eriophylla. ©Arie korporaal

Fairy Duster. Calliandra eriophylla. ©Arie korporaal

The Anza Borrego Botany Society has announced the dates of its popular desert plant sale. The native plant sale will be held Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, 2017. The event will be held at the Anza Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center patio. 

A pre-order for the desert plants you want to purchase has been posted on this website. All proceeds support the work of the society including its well-known botany speaker series. 

2017 Anza-Borrego Botany Society Plant Sale Order Form

Superblooms are a Smorgasbord for Bees

This Soundcloud broadcast of a Science Friday program focuses on the superbloom in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and other areas along with California's Fading Wildflowers, and unusual behavior in bees  

From Science Friday: While desert flowers’ splashy colors may get all the attention, those rare blooms provide wild bees with a “smorgasbord of food,” says UC Riverside entomologist Hollis Woodard. She says that some of these buzzing desert homesteaders even feed on flower oils—an unusual diet for a bee.

New Slate of Officers to Lead the Botany Society

The Botany Society Steering Committee held its final meeting of the year and selected the officers and Steering Committee members for the 2017-18 year:

  • Don Rideout, President
  • Mike Strandberg, Vice-President 
  • Arie Korporaal, Treasurer
  • Laura Webb, Secretary
  • Marilyn Dickson, Steering Committee Member
  • Kathy  Bussey, Steering Committee Member
  • Birgit Knorr, Steering Committee Member
  • Paul Larson, Steering Committee Member

Don agreed to serve as President if he could serve as a co-president with Mike Strandberg who coordinates the Botany Study Group. The Steering Committee "elected" Mike to the Vice Presidency even though the Society doesn't have a Vice President. It is understood that Don and Mike will Co-chair the Botany Society for the 2017-18 season. 

Don thanked all officer and members Steering Committee Members for their commitment to the Botany Society. The Botany Society is set to have another productive season. Thanks to all Steering Committee members for volunteering to serve on the committee.

Botany Society Field Trip Explores Plum Canyon

Cylindropuntia ganderi; Ganders Cholla

Cylindropuntia ganderi; Ganders Cholla

Echinocereus engelmanii; Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus

Echinocereus engelmanii; Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus

The Botany Society Study Group left the confines of the District Classroom for an exploration of the wildflowers in Plum Canyon. The cactus are coming into bloom in Plum Canyon and at least 4 species can be viewed: Ganders Cholla, Beavertail, Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus, and Fishhook Cactus. 

Other wildflowers dot the canyon including yellow, orange, red, and even purple ones.