Wild about Monkeyflowers (and other California wildflowers): an exploration of monkeyflower diversity and the flora of California
Speakers: Naomi Fraga
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Fullerton Arboretum,1900 Associated Road, Fullerton
Directions: From the Orange Freeway (57) exit east on Yorba Linda Blvd. Turn left on Associated Road, then left into the Arboretum parking lot. The meeting will take place in the Visitor Center/Education building.
Come enjoy an engaging exploration of members of the genus Mimulus, commonly known as monkeyflowers. These charismatic plants are exceedingly diverse in western North America, especially in California with more than 100 of the nearly 200 species worldwide occurring here. However, like many genera of California plants, the monkeyflowers have recently undergone significant changes in taxonomy, leaving the name Mimulus virtually absent from the California flora. This presentation offers an overview of these changes and information on how to identify the three new genera now recognized in California: Erythranthe, Diplacus and Mimetanthe. Also included—interesting monkeyflowers that will grow in your garden.
Naomi Fraga is Director of Conservation Programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Her research interests include plant geography, conservation biology, pollination biology and rarity in endemism. She completed her Ph.D. in Botany at Claremont Graduate University.