As part of the East Bay CNPS chapter’s Adopt a Rare Plant Program, botanists Nicole Jurjavcic and Megan Keever officially adopted three CNPS 1B-listed rare plants that occur in Alameda and Contra Costa counties: Lemmon’s jewelflower, Napa western flax, and Tiburon buckwheat. Only two occurrences of each of these species have been documented over the last 120 years, one population of Tiburon buckwheat was first documented by Willis Linn Jepson himself in 1894, and some populations have not been visited since the 1930s. Over the next couple years, they will visit each known rare plant population to develop deeper species-specific knowledge, monitor population trends, and provide stewardship recommendations to CNPS. Both Nicole and Megan also just accepted a co-chairship on the Vegetation Committee of the East Bay Chapter of CNPS.
Posted 27 June 2011