CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (January)

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Instructor: Naomi Fraga, PhD

Location: Blaksley Library

Due to the mudslides and closure of the 101, this talk was rescheduled from Tues, 1/16 to 1/23.

Join the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter for their monthly meeting.

7:00pm general announcements
7:30pm talk begins

FREE. No registration required.

This Month

Wild about monkeyflowers
An exploration of monkeyflower diversity in California
Naomi Fraga, PhD, Director of Conservation Programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Plants placed in the genus Mimulus L. (Phrymaceae), as traditionally defined, are commonly known as monkeyflowers. These charismatic plants are exceedingly diverse in western North America with over 150 of the nearly 200 species worldwide occurring here. Nearly 60% (ca. 100) of the species native to western North American occur in California. However, Mimulus has recently undergone significant changes in taxonomy leaving the name Mimulus virtually absent from the California flora. In this presentation I will present an overview of these changes and provide information on how to identify the three new genera are recognized in California: Erythranthe, Diplacus and Mimetanthe and how these differ from Mimulus in the strict sense. I will also provide an overview of monkeyflower diversity in California, including information on rare monkeyflowers, and interesting monkey flowers that you can grow in your garden. An evaluation of species discovery and its implications for conservation will be presented, with insight from recent taxonomic studies in Erythranthe.

Naomi Fraga, PhD serves as Director of Conservation Programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Her research interests include plant geography, conservation biology, pollination biology, and rarity in endemism. Naomi also currently serves on the board of Southern California Botanists, California Botanical Society and the American Society for Plant Taxonomists. Naomi completed her PhD in Botany at Claremont Graduate University in 2015 and holds a M.S. in Botany from Claremont Graduate University and a B.S. in Botany and Biology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Visit their website for more information on this meeting and their other upcoming events