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Evolution of Killer Plants Lecture

Evolution of Killer Plants
Continuing Education

Dates & Price

Monday, April 13, 2020
6:00–7:00 pm—CANCELED

Fee: Free

Seating is limited.

This Science on Tap event takes place at National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Out of an abundance of concern for the well being of our guests and community, and in keeping with the CDC’s guidance to practice social distancing, we are canceling all assembled group activities and events from March 13 through April 22, which includes all programs originally scheduled during that time.

Parasitic and carnivorous (“killer”) plants have piqued the curiosity of botanists, explorers, and horticulturists for centuries, with scientists beginning to unravel the evolutionary relationships of these “green predators” in recent years. From cryptic parasitic broomrapes (Orobanche) found in the far reaches of Portugal, to the myriad forms of pitcher plant (Nepenthes) in tropical Borneo, this lecture is one that plant nerds and science enthusiasts cannot miss. Chris Thorogood even shares insight into the mysterious and mystical mandrake root of Harry Potter fame. Join us for this happy hour lecture in the heart of Philadelphia.

This presentation is part of the Science on Tap Series, a monthly gathering in Philadelphia that features public discussion on engaging science topics. Held in a relaxed bar setting on the second Monday of every month, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way. Science on Tap is sponsored by the Academy of Natural Sciences, American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, Science History Institute, Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Penn Museum, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

This Science on Tap event takes place at National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. 


Chris Thorogood


National Mechanics, Philadelphia

2020 Continuing Education Catalog