Join Carl Taylor, botanist with the National Science Foundation, for a presentation on one of the world's most ancient, adaptable, but little-known plant groups called Quillworts (Isoetes). Carl will show how to recognize Quillworts by their incredibly conserved form and how they are identified when you find them in their diverse and wonderful habitats worldwide. He will also take you through their almost human-like life history, and explain how DNA, with evidence from other clues, is used to help us define species in general and Quillwort species in particular. The extraordinary evolutionary history of Quillworts will be revealed in "The Case of the Promiscuous Quillworts."
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.
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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