California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday January 16
Keying Club 5:00 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Ken Kellman
Introducing Bryophytes-the other land plants

Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) represent a completely different solution to the evolutionary problem of living on land. They lack the complex vascular system that has made the "taller plants" so successful, but they have evolved complex solutions that will surprise you.

Ken Kellman will show us how to recognize this important group of plants with a short presentation, and then we spend the rest of the evening looking closely at many common bryophytes from the central coast.

Ken Kellman met his first bryophyte in 1995 during a vascular plant survey at Quail Hollow Ranch in Santa Cruz County. It did not take long for him to abandon normal botanizing in pursuit of these tiny plants. He has published, A Catalog of the Mosses of Santa Cruz County, and is now collecting for a similar project in Monterey and San Mateo counties. His explorations have revealed several species new to science, and many more new to the central coast and the state. Ken is an instructor at the Jepson Herbarium weekend workshops in Bryology.

Keying Club for Bryophytes
With Ken Kellman

Monday, March 13, 2017
5:00 pm
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building

Please bring your dissection microscopes to work on Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts

Bryophytes of the UCSC Arboretum
Field trip with Ken Kellman

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10 am to 2 pm

Follow up what you learned from Monday's CNPS meeting with a day wandering around on our hands and knees looking at the terrestrial mosses, liverworts, and hornworts covering the dirt along the trails of the Arboretum. Bring your hand lens, and wear clothes you are willing to get dirty! Bring water and lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Carpooling to the Arboretum is encouraged, but not organized by CNPS. Contact Ken Kellman at with any questions.