Calling all Plant Enthusiasts--Streptanthus and Caulanthus

Millie Burrell
Sun, 24 Jul 2005 20:13:30 PDT
Since it's been such a wonderful year for wildflowers, perhaps some of you (particularly the Californians) have seen populations of Streptanthus and Caulanthus (family: Brassicaceae).  I was excited to see the Death Valley photos.  The Streptanthoid group is the subject of my PhD work at Texas A&M.  We made a collecting trip to the Figueroa Mountain area of the San Padres National Forest for Caulanthus amplexicaulis var. barbarae.  No whole plant collecting, only 2 mm samples of cauline leaves, I promise.  If you have seen any members of this incredibly special group, especially those that grow in serpentine environments (low N, Ca and high Mg, Ni and other nasty heavy metals), I would appreciate it if you would email me with locations.  We are interested in conservation and also studying adaption to plant-hostile environments.


Millie Burrell

Millie Burrell
Graduate Student
Department of Biology
Texas A&M University
Norman Borlaug Center
MS 2123
College Station, TX  77843-2123
(979) 845-2683 

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