Dr. Lytton Musselman, Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University, will speak on "The Strangest Plant in the World" at the January 18, 2018, meeting of the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Dr. Musselman's research over the past five decades has centered on parasitic flowering plants, especially those that cause extensive crop damage in semi-arid regions of the world. This work has resulted in many publications. Among the publications his more local research interests have produced are, "The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants", and the field guide, "Plants of the Chesapeake Bay", each coauthored with one of his students. In his talk, Dr. Musselman will use a bizarre "mystery plant" (he hasn't yet divulged its name to us!) to lead us into the wonders of lifestyle strategies of cannibalistic plants! He will also highlight some of the parasitic flowering plant species that occur right here in Virginia.
NEW MEETING PLACE: The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18th, in the fellowship hall of King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4897 Longhill Road
The meeting is free and open to the public.
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