The presentation at the November 19, 2013, meeting of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will be:

“Some Highlights in the Flora of the Eocene Sands of Central Texas,” by Bill Carr.

Summary:

The Eocene Sands is an informal name for portions of several geologic formations that underlie the Post Oak Belt of the eastern half of Texas.  The Carrizo Sand is the most famous of those formations, but the region’s deep, loose sandy soils also develop over certain strata of the Queen City, Sparta and other formations.  These Eocene sands are home to scores of plant species that are endemic to Texas, more in fact than any other natural region except the Edwards Plateau.  This presentation will involve an overview of the geology, soils, and endemic plant species of the Eocene Sands, along with a discussion of changes in the flora of the region’s most famous public area, Bastrop State Park, following the Bastrop Complex Fire of fall 2011.

Bill Carr spent 23 years working as a botanist for the Texas Natural Heritage Program, first with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and later with The Nature Conservancy of Texas.  During that time he was lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the field in all parts of Texas.  He is currently unemployed but will work for food.

Meeting details:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 7-9 PM at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of TX Highway (Loop 360), Austin, 78746.
Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing. Snacks will be available then and after the presentation. Nonmembers welcome; free admission.

Remember to bring:
(1) seeds to exchange and give away;
(2) mystery plants for identification.

For further information, contact Phyllis Schunck at (512) 472-2086 in Austin.