[BSW] April 1 meeting + three upcoming fieldtrips

Kathy Bilton kathy at fred.net
Fri Mar 14 20:50:48 GMT 2014

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.

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