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Rare Plants in Harsh Environments: Serpentine Endemism in SLO County
California is a worldwide biodiversity hotspot, supporting more than 6,500 native plant species. Nearly 30 percent of these species occur only in California and more than 35 percent are considered rare and endangered. Serpentine and other ultramafic soils form some of the most exceptional and botanically diverse habitats in the state, despite covering less than 2 percent of the land area. Though rare in general, serpentine soils are relatively common in western San Luis Obispo County – and support a whole host of exceptional botanical wonders. Join Kristen Nelson for a virtual jaunt through some of her favorite local serpentine outcrops.

Join CCSPA, CA State Parks, and Kristen Nelson, Vice President of the SLO chapter of the CA Native Plant Society for this intriguing Virtual Mind Walk!

Kristen Nelson is a local botanist and ecologist, with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection and a M.S. in Biology (Botany), both from Cal Poly. For the past ten years, she has worked as locally as an environmental consultant and field botanist, and currently works as an environmental specialist for the County of San Luis Obispo. Since January 2020, she has served as vice president of the San Luis Obispo chapter of the California Native Plant Society. In 2017, Kristen discovered and described a previously unknown species of spineflower, a diminutive plant that is endemic to the serpentine soils in the Irish Hills of western San Luis Obispo County.

Aug 6, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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