Michael Eason, author of "Wildflowers of Texas," will speak at the Native Plant Project monthly meeting May 28, at 7:30 p.m., at the Valley Nature Center, 301 South Border Street in Weslaco.
The public is welcome; there is no charge to attend.
Eason's talk will focus on his newest project: "Flora of the Chihuahuan Desert." He will focus on plants found in the region of West Texas from Val Verde County to El Paso. He will discuss species with interesting seed dispersal mechanisms and pollination biology, as well as the topography, geology and climatic influences which make this region so diverse. He also will share some of his more recent plant photography.
Eason is a freelance botanist who performs plant surveys and inventories on both private and public lands throughout Texas. He is on staff at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens where he heads the Rare Plant Research and Conservation Program. From 2003-2012, he worked for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, as Conservation Program Manager.
"Wildflowers of Texas" will be available for purchase and author signing. Organized by bloom color, this wildflower guide is designed for easy use in the field. Many of our South Texas species are included. Excellent photographs help with identification.
For more about the Native Plant Project, visit www.nativeplantproject.org.