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Botanical Names Demystified

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Botanical Names Demystified with Chris Benda, aka the Illinois Botanizer

When: Apr 10, 2024 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (with Q&A)

Format: online via Zoom

* Free & Open to the Public *

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their rightful names.” Botanists communicate about plants using scientific names, but they are often difficult to spell and pronounce. This presentation will teach you the importance of botanical names, how to pronounce them, and what their names mean in a fun and informative way.

Christopher David Benda is a botanist living in southern Illinois. He coordinates the Plants of Concern Southern Illinois Program for the Chicago Botanic Garden, conducts rare plant surveys for the Shawnee National Forest, and teaches The Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University. An accomplished photographer under the moniker Illinois Botanizer, Chris shares his extensive collection of plant photos on his website, illinoisbotanizer.com.

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