California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
November 10
Meeting 7:30 pm
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
Santa Cruz

Stephen Sharnoff

California's Wild Lichens


California has an amazing diversity of lichens, found in every sort of natural habitat. Stephen Sharnoff, photographer and author of A Field Guide to California Lichens will give an illustrated talk about them, showing their many forms and colors, and discussing their biology and natural history.

Stephen Sharnoff is a botanical photographer based in Berkeley. He and his late wife Sylvia Sharnoff did the photographic fieldwork for Lichens of North America, published by Yale University Press in 2001. He wrote and illustrated A Field Guide to California Lichens, published by the same press in 2014. Nearing completion is a new photographic guide to the wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada with a text by Joanna Clines, Forest Botanist with Sierra National Forest. His photographs have been used in numerous exhibitions, magazines and books. A website of his photographic work can be seen at He can be reached at