Native Orchids - October 25

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Wednesday, October 25, 1–2:30 p.m.

This program is free for members/free with $5 admission for non-members (payable on the day of the program).

Join Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Senior Botanist Dennis Whigham to learn about native orchids as models for ecological Interactions, conservation and education. Orchids comprise one of the three most species-rich families of flowering plants. Their diversity is an expression of a multitude of interactions that have resulted in complex life cycles.  Discussion will include orchid life cycles with an emphasis on interaction with nycorrhizal fungi, native orchid ecology, the current status of orchids in North America, and new efforts to assure their long-term survival.

Whigham is senior scientist and deputy director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and has worked for the Smithsonian since 1977. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina and, with his collaborators, has published more than 225 articles in journals in books. He has co-edited 10 books, including one of terrestrial orchids and a 2009 volume on tidal freshwater wetlands.

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