Rare Fritillaria found

Robert Werra robertwerra@sbcglobal.net
Sun, 03 Oct 2004 16:23:35 PDT
Dear Mary Sue and all; Regarding the new report of
Fritillaria biflora var. grayana on the Mendocino,
Calif. coast, I found a colony of what looks identical
last spring a few miles west of Ukiah. To my knowledge
neither F. biflora or F. biflora v. grayana has been
reported this far north and east. Sincerely, Bob Werra
--- Mary Sue Ittner <msittner@mcn.org> wrote:

> Dear All,
> I've written before about Fritillaria roderickii
> (syn. F. biflora biflora, 
> F. grayana, F. biflora var. grayana, F. biflora var.
> roderickii). Part of 
> the problem with what to call it is that not
> everyone agrees that this 
> plant should be considered F. biflora so some people
> cling to older names. 
> I wrote about it:
> The coastal population of this plant has not been
> seen for several years. 
> One of my CNPS (California Native Plant Society)
> friends, Mary Rhyne, has 
> been looking for it every year. She had found some
> of the last plants and 
> rescued them when they would have been lost because
> of work on Highway One, 
> but the ones she relocated she has not found
> recently and she thinks they 
> may have been eaten by rodents or died. The other
> populations she knew 
> about she hasn't seen either.
> This spring she found it again. She found it very
> close to a temporary 
> bridge that CalTrans (the  name for the group in
> California that builds 
> roads) has put in to replace part of Highway One
> when a winter storm 
> several years ago caused one lane to slip into the
> ocean. They were set to 
> replace that part of the highway and because of this
> plant, that has been 
> delayed.
> I thought you all might be interested in knowing
> that Cal Trans has a 
> biologist and that they are going to try to save any
> that might be found 
> where they are going to reroute the road. The ones
> she found they plan to 
> put a fence around to protect. Mary and I have
> offered to help if they do 
> indeed find them and need some one to care for them
> until they are 
> replanted in another site they will have chosen.
> Whether we would be 
> satisfactory as they were looking for a suitable
> "commercial nursery" I 
> don't know. We both rather doubt they will find them
> and even if they do 
> rescuing them when they are dormant when they plan
> to do the work could be 
> a challenge. But it is exciting that Mary has once
> again found some of 
> these plants on the Mendocino Coast and that there
> will be an attempt to 
> protect them.
> Mary Sue
> Mary Sue Ittner
> California's North Coast
> Wet mild winters with occasional frost
> Dry mild summers
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