Speaker: Marion Lobstein
Virginia, for its landmass, has the greatest diversity of vascular plants of any state in the US, with Maryland not far behind. Virginia had the first flora (Flora Virginica) among the original thirteen colonies but has not had a flora published since. A mere 250 years later, the final editing of a modern Flora of Virginia is being completed in early 2012 for publication by Botanical Research Institute of Texas later in 2012. In this program Marion Lobstein, an active member of the Foundation of the Flora of Virginia Project, will describe this exciting project and why the new Flora of Virginia will be important and useful to MNPS members.
Marion Blois Lobstein is a recently retired Associate Professor of biology at the Manassas Campus of NVCC. Along with Cris Fleming and the late Barbara Tufty, she is a co-author of Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area. Marion is on the Board of Director of the Foundation of the Flora of Virginia Project, a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science, and former Board of the Foundation of the State Arboretum (at Blandy Experimental Farm), and active member of the Virginia Native Plant Society. She is also a member of the Audubon Naturalist Society.
Location: Kensington Library.
Directions: From the Washington Beltway (I-495)
Take Connecticut Avenue north to the third signal after the Beltway. Turn left onto Knowles and go 2 1/2 blocks to the library on the right.
The meeting is open to non-members.
Registration is not required.