[BSW] April 1 meeting + three upcoming fieldtrips
- 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.