Speaker: Kerry Wixted, Natural Resources Biologist, Wildlife and Heritage Service, MD Department of Natural Resources.
Topic: American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) has long been valued for its medicinal qualities and can be used as a "canary in the coal mine" when examining effects of contemporary environmental change for plants in the eastern United States. Kerry will discuss the lore and history surrounding this fascinating plant as well as its biology and current population threats. Part of the talk will focus on her recent research examining a Panax-centric View of Invasive Species and potential impacts of competition with the invasive Garlic Mustard.
Location: White Oak Library - Large Meeting Room
Directions: Exit the Washington Beltway at New Hampshire Ave (exit 28). Go north about 2 miles. The library is the first building on the right, once you have passed under Route 29, just after the Sears store. Directions and map.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Pot luck refreshments are always welcome.
The meeting is open to non-members.
Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month.
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