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Bush Mallows — The Genus Malocothamnus with Keir Morse: Malacothamnus is a genus of fire-following shrubs native to California, Arizona, and Baja California. Delineation of taxa within the genus is controversial due to many overlapping morphological characteristics. This in turn makes identification difficult. This presentation gives an introduction to the genus, focusing on characteristics that can be useful for identification and avenues that Kier intends to research to resolve the taxonomy.

Keir Morse is a PhD student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden / Claremont Graduate University studying the taxonomy of the genus Malacothamnus. He has 21 years of experience as a professional field botanist throughout much of the U.S., but mostly in California. He is well known for his diagnostic botanical photography and has over ~36,000 photos available on the Calphotos website to help people with plant identification.