From Plant Press Vol. 16 no. 3, July 2013
In 1993 Alice Tangerini traveled to University of California at Irvine to illustrate species of Schiedea from living material for a monograph of the genus authored by Warren Wagner, Stephen Weller and Ann Sakai (Systematic Botany Monographs 72: 1-169; 2005). The Sakai/Weller lab is interested in the evolution of breeding systems in the Hawaiian endemic Schiedea (Caryophyllaceae), and they were growing several species in the UC Irvine research greenhouses. A few species were in stages of flowering during the month of September when Tangerini arrived. Schiedea adamantis, a critically endangered plant endemic to Diamond Head, Oahu, was one of the species that she drew. The trick was to capture the moment when the stamens had extended but not gone beyond anthesis. This could take place within an hour or less, so Weller monitored the blooming time and brought the potted plants from the greenhouses to Tangerini to draw in the lab. Her sketches from this trip resulted in 34 finished drawings of Schiedea.