SP20 Wildflower Ecology

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Wednesday April 8

6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

Wildflower Ecology: A Step Beyond Identification

Instructor: Tim Spira

Wednesday, April 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

$34 Member | $44 Non-member

Limit: 40 students

BRN Elective - 2 Hours


While it's fun to know the names of plants, it's also satisfying to learn about the many interesting ways that plants adapt to their environments. In this presentation, Tim helps us learn to interpret various features of native plants. For example, have you ever wondered why spring wildflowers typically emerge and flower several weeks before trees and other woody plants leaf out? Why Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants change gender? Or, why fruits change color as they age (and why some fruits are sweet and others are not)? Seeking answers to questions such as these adds a new and powerful dimension to your understanding and appreciation of wildflowers, as well as another layer of fun.

Tim Spira is a plant ecologist, native plant gardener, and professor emeritus at Clemson University where he taught plant ecology and field botany, as well as a summer wildflower course for teachers. He’s the author of Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. Tim’s other book is Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: 30 Great Hikes (both UNC Press). 


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