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627[BSW] April 1 meeting + three upcoming fieldtrips

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  • Kathy Bilton
    Mar 14, 2014
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      Fieldtrips have been scheduled on the first three Saturdays of

      April 5 and 19: Bear Island - C and O Canal. Parking across MacArthur
      Blvd. from the Old Angler's Inn in Maryland - 9 A.M.

      April 12: Turkey Run along the G.W. Parkway in Virginia (between Chain
      Bridge and the beltway.) Tentative time: 9:50 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

      Details here: http://botsoc.org/bswfieldtrips.html

      Next meeting: April 1 at 7 PM

      Speaker: Susan Pell,
      AAAS Fellow, National Science Foundation
      Director of Science, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

      Topic: The Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae): Evolution, Fruit, and Dermatitis

      Flyer available here: http://botsoc.org/apr14.pdf

      The cashew family is well known for its cultivated edible fruits and seeds
      (mangos, pistachios and cashews) and dermatitis causing species (poison
      ivy, poison oak, etc.), but its economic and cultural importance reaches
      beyond these well-known plants. Come to this April Fool’s Day lecture to
      learn which commonly held Anacardiaceae knowledge is truth and which is
      deception! Structural characteristics in the cashew family will be
      presented in the context of its evolutionary history, and taxonomic
      revisions based on these reconstructions will be reviewed. Economically
      and ecologically important plants, as well as species native to our area,
      will also be highlighted.

      Meeting location: VZ Conference Room (WG 33) on the ground floor of the
      west wing, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History,
      10th St. and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Use the Constitution
      Avenue entrance; wait to be escorted up. All are welcome. As usual, light
      refreshments will be served prior to and after the presentation.

      Pre-meeting dinner: 5:30 P.M. at the Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant,
      1201 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington. Phone 202-347-7707. The
      restaurant is diagonally across from the Old Post Office Pavilion at 12th
      and Pennsylvania, a few blocks from the Museum, with Federal Triangle the
      nearest Metro station, and Metro Center also nearby.