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Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Spring Flower - Mojave Woodyaster

Mojave Woodyaster, Black Canyon,
Photo by Larry Blakely


The January-February 2022 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is February 15th, 2022.

Upcoming CNPS Events

Field Trips, Meetings, and other events of interest scheduled for the next month or so – for more events, including non-CNPS events which may be of interest to our members, see our Events Page.

January 10–12, 2022, Monday-Tuesday, online Wednesday: Northern California Botanists Symposium, California State University, Chico

Northern California Botanists is having their next symposium at California State University, Chico on January 10-11, 2022 with online workshops on the 12th. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will include sessions on: The Power of Pollination: Habitat, Conservation, and Plant Interactions, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ethnobotany, Great Basin Restoration Approaches, Riparian Vegetation Restoration from Theory to Practice, New Discoveries, Now the Good News, and a Poster Session. Our Keynote Address by Dr. Frank Kanawha Lake is titled "Indigenous Knowledge and Ethnobotany: Tribal Understandings and Connection of Plants and the Environment." More information and registration is available at:

CNPS Event January 19, 2022, Wednesday, 6 pm: Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting, Bristlecone Chapter Event

All members are welcome to join. Contact our Secretary, Kathleen Nelson, at for the Zoom link.

CNPS Event January 21, 2022: Deadline for Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Applications

Grants are for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra and are primarily targeted to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12) and their teachers. Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Projects should be conducted at least in part within Inyo or Mono Counties.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for submissions to the 2022 Grant is January 21, 2022. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2022. More information and application materials may be found at:

February 5, 2022, Saturday, 9am-3pm: Bodie Hills Winter Outing, Friends of the Inyo

Join Friends of the Inyo for a fun outing on skis or snowshoes to explore the Bodie Hills. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Meet at the Virginia Creek Settlement in Bridgeport at 9am. Bring water, lunch, snacks, camera, and skis or snowshoes. If you don’t have any, FOI will have snowshoes to borrow. Dress in warm clothing. Contact FOI if you need more information on the event, guidance on gear and/or what to bring. outing-2022/

CNPS Event February 15: March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at Contact Elaine with any questions.

February 26 2022, Saturday 9am-4pm: Changes in the Boraginaceae: New families, new genera, and new species, Michael G. SimpsonMatt GuilliamsKristen Hasenstab-Lehman, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Virtual workshop hosted ONLINE)

This course will review changes in the plant family Boraginaceae, to be reflected in the December 2021 Jepson eFlora revisions. Based on molecular phylogenetic studies, the family as it was previously circumscribed, is now split into six: Boraginaceae, Ehretiaceae, Heliotropiaceae, Hydrophyllaceae, Lennoaceae, and Namaceae. We will briefly review the evidence that supports these new family circumscriptions.

The majority of the course will focus on a review of the California genera of the Boraginaceae s.s. (in the strict sense, as newly treated in the eFlora), focusing on subtribe Amsinckiinae, the “popcorn flowers.” Using updated taxonomic keys, we present the currently circumscribed genera of this complex, including four genera previously included within Cryptantha and three genera previously included within Plagiobothrys, and one genus previously included within Pectocarya. Diagnostic features of these genera will be reviewed and major species complexes within them illustrated primarily with nutlet images. We aim to present participants with an overview of identification of these plants, often considered difficult even by professional botanists. Course Fee: $125/$155

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

For more events, including some from other organizations, see the Bristlecone Chapter Events Page

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The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a state-wide 501(c)3 non-profit organization of lay persons and professionals who share an interest in California’s native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase the understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all.

The Bristlecone Chapter covers all of Mono and Inyo Counties and northeastern Kern County, an area that includes the east slope of the Sierra Nevada, the Northern Mojave Desert, the Inyo and White Mountains, and the Owens Valley. The southern end of the Bristlecone Chapter’s geographically large territory, in and around the Indian Wells Valley, has its own sub-chapter, Creosote Ring.

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