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Re: Request for bush-mallow observations

Postby keirmorse on Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:57 pm

Thanks Mike!
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Re: Request for bush-mallow observations

Postby mikesplain on Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:10 pm


Nice to see you here & thanks for taking on this important project. I've already uploaded all the Malacothamnus observations I can recall to iNaturalist, but am always on the alert for other occurrences. Feel free to reach out if any of the data/observations warrant further explanations or specific directions.

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Request for bush-mallow observations

Postby keirmorse on Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:03 pm

Hi all,

I'm a PhD student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and I'm studying the genus Malacothamnus (bush-mallows). There is a lot of confusion about how to tell the bush-mallows apart and which ones are actually valid species and varieties. My goal is to figure that out. To do this, I'd like to visit as many populations as possible in the next few years both to see the full variation in the species and to collect material for DNA analyses. Since bush-mallows are a fire-follower and the Soberanes Fire burned a fairly large area recently, the next few years are the perfect time to search for them.

If anyone would like to help me with this effort, there are lots of ways you can help. I'd like to get as many locations as possible, but photographs and notes such as population size or phenology are very useful too. If you have a collection permit, herbarium specimens would be great as well. If you'd like to help, feel free to email me or post here with any information or questions.

One possible way you can submit data is through my iNaturalist project devoted to bush-mallows: To do so, join the project and choose the option to make your private/obscured coordinates visible to the project curators no matter who adds the observation to the project. Many bush-mallows are listed as rare plants and the coordinates will automatically be obscured by iNaturalist. If you choose this option, I am the only one you are giving coordinate access to. If you don't choose this option, I won't be able to use the data.

I wrote a post on what to photograph to help with identification here:

There are three different bush-mallows you will most likely encounter in the Ventana area. Here are photos of each to help you know what to look for:

Some people think all three of these are the same, some say all are different, and some say two are the same and one is different. This is the kind of question I'm trying to answer.

Thanks for your help!
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