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A celebration of Inyo County’s 150th anniversary would not be complete without a tribute to its amazing flora, which has drawn worldwide acclaim from explorers and scientists alike.


Joshua Tree Yucca Flat – Photo courtesy of Stephen Ingram

Much of what we know about plant diversification has come from studies of California’s world-famous flora, and field exploration of the Inyo County region has been an important part of that progress. This region has a fascinating history involving many notable and colorful figures in the history of botany. From salt flats and sand dunes, to ancient Bristlecone Pines and alpine wildflowers, the diversity of plants here has attracted a notable and colorful array of plant collectors. Following in the footsteps of renowned Inyo County botanists, like Mary DeDecker, Willis Linn Jepson, and Frederick Coville, we can discover the colorful history of innovative explorers, and learn about local hotspots of diversity.


Willis Linn – Photob courtesy of Jepson Herbarium

Join the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for a presentation by Dr. Bruce Baldwin, Curator of the Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley, on California Botany and Botanists of the Inyo Region on December 7 at 7:00 P.M. at the Bishop United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 205 N. Fowler St. Bishop.

All are invited to a potluck before the presentation starting at 5:30 P.M. Please contact Michele at 760-873-2498 or [email protected] or for more information.

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