LOWBROW BOTANY, with digressions on evolutionary history, phylogenetics, systematics, and the hunt for the filthiest public bathroom in Alta California
160 minutes of Sunflowers w/ Bruce Baldwin
(Re-upload because the first file was corrupted and cut out at 3 min...)
Probably the episode I'm most excited about so far - a talk with the kind, humble and brilliant Bruce Baldwin, an expert in the largest (second in number of species only to the Orchid Family) and most ecologically successful plant family in the world, the Asteraceae, also known as "composites" because of their composite flowerheads, consisting of many tiny "florets" (which are the true flowers).
We cover a lot of stuff here, and the last five minutes of the episode seem to wrap up a potential answer to the modern human predicament that we're in. But prior to that, we of course cover the incredible ecology and evolution (and genetics!) of the most successful plant family on Planet Earth.
Photo in the thumbnail is one of the "dinosaur sunflowers", Leucheria runcinata, from the High Andes of Chile.
An Interview with Tom Givnish
2 hrs of conversation about Adaptive Radiation, Hawaiian Lobeliads, & Calochortus Evolution
East Texas Sandy Coastal Plain & Ft Worth Dry Prairies
East Texas botany, Ft Worth Botanic Garden /Home Depot Garden Center, Longleaf Pine Forest, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sleaze, Limestone Dry Prairie Endemics, Complaining about the heat, etc.
Michigan Upper Peninsula Geology, Missouri Prairie, Texas Limestone Remnants
PSA - your donations enable this here content. If you can throw a couple bucks to venmo address "societyishell", I would appreciate the hell out of it. The tank is running low at the moment and could use some re-ups.
In this episode, CPBBD traverses 20 degrees of latitude to bring you lognwinded rants on the following topics :
-banded Iron formations & the Great Oxygenation Event of the Proterozoic
-"conservative species" and the Floristic Quality Assessment
and much more.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with plant ID questions and reading recommendations, fuckface.
I-80 Cross Country Botany, Maskless Rednecks, Ambrosia Exploration
A brief week-long trip East after fleeing the state of California (which is all on fire again) brings us into contact with a cast of prairie species and the unique nature of the Ambrosia dungeon (subtribe Ambrosiinae of the Heliantheae tribe of the Asteroideae Subfamily of the Composites) as well as some monster feral Cannabis plants, along with an exposé of the increasingly polarized and anti-intellectual, shit-for-brains nature of the modern American cultural hellscape ™.
Illegal Garden Meets a Karen, Random Rants, Monarch Migration, etc