Wednesday November 3, 2010 | Bizarre Botanicals

November 2, 2010 at 9:11 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

Two local botanical experts have paired up to co-author a book about unusual and outrageous plants, called Bizarre Botanicals. They join us on the next Charlotte Talks to introduce us to what they call the “circus clowns, magicians and tattooed ladies of the plant world” and to educate us about our important relationship with plants.
Larry Mellichamp
– Professor of Botany & Horticulture at UNC Charlotte and Co-Author of Bizarre Botanicals
Paula Gross – Asst. Director of UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens and Co-Author ofBizarre Botanicals

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Charlotte Talks, Allison Reid. Allison Reid said: RT @CharlotteTalks: Wednesday: Bizarre Botanicals. "circus clowns, magicians and tattooed ladies of the plant world." […]

  2. I was taught in biology class that the Venus fly trap and other carnivorous plants evolved in pocosins (AKA Carolina Bays) and other nutrient poor places. They eat insects in order to obtain needed nitrogen & phosphorus.

  3. Dr. Mellichamp is such a treasure to our Charlotte community. Not only does he really knows his plants, he is approachable and laid back.

    When my son was 4 we came out to the greenhouse during a plant sale. Dr. Mellichamp was so nice and kind and patient talking to him and perhaps planting the seeds of interest in Science. He’s in 5th gr. now still loving nature.

    Thank you Mike for such a great show and for maintaining such a high standard with Charlotte Talks. Howdy to Tim!

    Beth Martina

  4. PLEASE ask your guest to stop saying things like “the plant hopes to not be noticed” while it is flowering. Just as a plant does not choose to be a meat eater, it does not hope to get away with anything. This kind of terminology contributes to the confusion of the public about the process of evolutionary adaptation.

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