BENEDICT, Michael

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BENEDICT, Michael (b. 1940), research associate at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden who, from 1964-1968 lived on Santa Cruz Island as director of the University of California Santa Cruz Island Reserve. In 1964 he rediscovered the rare Santa Cruz island endemic bush mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. nesioticus) on a steep bank above the adobe bunkhouse at Christy Ranch. Ralph Hoffmann last reported it in June 1930. E. L. Greene made the type collection on Santa Cruz Island in 1886. Benedict visited all eight California Channel Islands.