Dr. L>L> “Chick” Gaddy highlights the May 21 Upstate NPS meeting with a talk on Shortia around the globe. We know about our Upstate Oconee Bell, (Shortia galacifolia) but did you know it has east Asian cousins? Botanists have long pondered the relationships of eastern North American plants to their east Asian cousins. The discontinuous distribution of the same or closely related plant taxa is disconcerting, but the similarities of some Asian forests to those of the southern Appalachians are so great that a sense of deja vu is often experienced by botanists of one region visiting the other.
Chick Gaddy will talk about the various Shortia, including a species (Shortia rotata) newly discovered by Gaddy and collaborator Maaxim S. Nuraliev. All Shortia species are considered to be rare, so come out for this rare opportunity to hear about them.
The program will be held at a new location on the Tri County Technical College campus in Pendleton, SC. We will meet in the Marshall Parker Auditorium of Oconee Hall. As you enter the campus at the traffic light (the south entrance), the driveway you want is to the left. HOWEVER, you cannot turn left as you enter. Please drive ahead to the first place you can make a u-turn and head back toward the traffic light. Just before the light, turn right onto the one-way access road in front of the buildings. You will pass Miller Hall, Anderson Hall and Pickens Hall before coming to Oconee Hall on the right. You may park in any of the student/faculty spots along the one way drive. There are also two parking lots just past Oconee Hall. Lot H-1 and Lot H-2 available for us in the evening. Please go to https://www.tctc.edu/media/2966/pendleton-campus-map.pdf and print a map of the campus. There will be signs out marking the building entrance.
The program starts at 7pm. Arrive at 6:30 or refreshments and socializing. For more information, go to www.scnps.org.