North Carolina and the Southeast harbor an amazing plant diversity. We have the tallest mountains east of the Mississippi, with some rarities found far to the north around Hudson's Bay. The coastal plain has the most northerly ranging palms and epiphytic orchids, both showing tropical to subtropical affinities. But our plant diversity is more than just the range of environments between the mountains and the coast – our landscape differs from more northern places because of the high numbers of very localized species – Venus fly trap, Oconee bells, Carolina hemlock, pinkshell azalea, and many other species are narrow endemics (species with very narrow world ranges). We will explore the patterns and causes of diversity in the Southeast and also take a side trip to similar environments in east Asia to examine global patterns in temperate zone plant diversity.
Cost: Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00. Bring your membership card to check in quickly, but as always, we will have a membership list at registration.
Registration: Advance registration is not available.
Location: Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Directions: Need directions? Click here.
Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions: Please call (919) 515-3132 for more information about this event.