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Asteraceae Plant Family – Workshop and Walk


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Come join us on Saturday morning for a hands-on workshop presented by the instructors Drs. Richard Spellenberg,  Naida Zucker and Tim Lowrey. The workshop will be an introduction to the structure and identification of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) using illustrations and live material. You will need a copy of the book The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States by Spellenberg and Zucker, purchasable in our BRIT gift shop or at the free Native Sunflower Plant Talk and Book Signing Event the evening before.

Participants are encouraged to bring a 10X hand lens or loupe. The workshop will conclude with a casual walk, searching for plants in the Asteraceae family, and looking at the features that must be understood for their identification. Lots of chance for one-on-one conversation with the instructors.

Saturday, September 17 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Registration Deadline: September 14

$25 /Non-Member or $20 /Member 

Location: BRIT Building and Prairie*

*Portions of this class take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, only the indoor location will be used.


Richard Spellenberg – Ph. D. from University of Washington, retired from New Mexico State University, specialist in native plants of Southwest, 4 o’clock family and oaks; taught various biology courses; several non-technical publications in western wild flowers, North American trees, sunflower family. 

Naida Zucker – Ph. D from University of Illinois, retired from New Mexico State University, specialist in animal behavior; taught a wide range of zoology courses. Skills in page planning and layout.

Tim Lowrey – Ph. D from University of California, retired from University of New Mexico, specialist in tropical and North American Asteraceae, native plants of the Southwest; taught a broad diversity of botany courses.

The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States by Richard Spellenberg:
Developed for wildflower enthusiasts, students, land managers, teachers, and other non-professional botanists interested in plant diversity, this book is the only comprehensive identification guide to the Sunflower Family of the contiguous U.S. and southern Canada. Here, 1765 photos help identify 428 genera and nearly 700 species of sunflowers, daisies, asters, and their relatives found outside of cultivation. From lowly cudweeds to lively daisies and statuesque sunflowers (baffling to the beginner), the plants in this family are notoriously known as the DYCs (the darned yellow composites). Includes geographic ranges, habitats, genus descriptions, supplementary comments, with cross-referencing to similar genera. All in minimally technical language.


Sep 17 2022


9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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