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Upstate Chapter Meeting
May 15, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gentians of the Mountains and Piedmont
Blue Gentians are interesting and attractive plants that are pretty exciting to find on a wildflower walk. However, they are often difficult to identify down to species. The distinguishing characteristics are hard to see, and the descriptions in many books are brief and confusing. If you’ve ever struggled with this, the most helpful gentian resource that you are likely to find is Jim Drake’s “Gentians of the Eastern United States”. Jim, who is the current president of the Georgia Botanical Society, is excited about native plants, very knowledgeable — and eager to learn more! After Jim found a rare Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita) in North Georgia, he became intrigued by native Gentians and set out to learn all about them. He decided to write a pamphlet about them, one modeled after the booklet about Eastern US Lady’s Slippers that he had already published. Founders Hall in Dining Commons, Southern Wesleyan University, Central