Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"The Macaronesian Flora and a (Slight) Charles Darwin Connection"
Janice Swab, Professor, Department of Biology and Health Sciences, Meredith College

  • Thursday, November 18, 2010 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

The Macaronesian Floristic Province includes an array of volcanic islands known to us as the Azores, Madeira, Selvagems, Canaries, and Cape Verdes situated in the North Atlantic Ocean between 15° and 40° N. These islands are of interest to botanists for their floral diversity and its evolutionary history. Although visited by few North Americans, these islands present a wealth of interest to anyone interested in plants. Here one can see the remnants of the subtropical forest known as the Laurisilva, which covered the entire Mediterranean basin 20 million years ago. The retreat of this forest to these scattered islands is the result of climatic changes over the last 10,000 years.

During this lecture we will travel through some of the places where these forest remnants can still be seen and learn a bit about how people have impacted this ancient flora.

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.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.