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ITMN Chapter Meeting
March 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
** Cancelled due to Covid-19 **
Tabernacle Baptist Church
2200 Country Club Rd, Ennis, TX
Wild Orchids of Texas
Fifty-four species of wild orchids grow in Texas and they are found in all ten of the natural regions of the state. They range from moderately common to extremely rare and critically endangered. This talk will give an overview of the orchids of Texas and will highlight the seven non-photosynthetic, myco-heterotrophic orchids of the Hexalectris genus. Many of these species are endangered by human developments are not amenable to propagation so the only way to ensure their future is to protect their habitats.
Stephanie Varnum is a native of western Pennsylvania who has spent her adult years in Texas. She and her family have loved being out in nature to observe and care for it. Being out in the woods and prairies, bird watching, and gardening are her favorite pass-times. She enjoys sharing her love of nature with her adult children and six grandchildren and her friends. She has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 2002 and has volunteered in a Citizens Science Project, an annual botanical survey of native, non-photosynthetic orchids in Texas for 16 years.