Visual Tour: Matt Ritter – California Plants

Saturday Dec 08 2018   2:00 PM
South San Francisco Main Library  840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA  map

Join Matt Ritter, botany professor and author of the new book California Plants, for a visual tour and celebration of California’s iconic native flora.

There are more than 5,000 native species in California—one in five of which are now rare or endangered. Author Matt Ritter, professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, will take attendees on a visual “tour” through the state’s most iconic flora in a lecture based on his new book, California Plants. A richly illustrated field guide to the state’s spectacular native plants, the book also seeks to raise awareness of the unique beauty that’s at risk. California Governor Jerry Brown writes in the book’s foreword, “Matt Ritter teaches us to better understand how our future is linked to that of all other living things: our soil, our microbiota, and our wonderful and indomitable native plants.”

Matt will use his beautiful photographs, insight, and humor to share the natural history of California’s fascinating plants. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Matt RitterMatt Ritter studies cultivated trees and trees that escape cultivation. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in plant development biology. He is currently a botany professor in the biological sciences department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He has authored numerous scientific papers about plants and contributed to botanical references including the upcoming second edition of the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California and the Flora of North America Project. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the Ray Collett Visiting Scholar at the UC Santa Cruz arboretum, teaches for the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, and is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee. Visit his website at: http://baobabbotanical.com/Ritter/Home.html.