Christmas is the season for decorating with poinsettias, and a Clemson professor who has been studying poinsettias since he was in college in the 1980s has some advice for selecting and caring for this plant.
Wild, heirloom and modern poinsettias in full flower grace the lobby of Clemson University’s R.M. Cooper Library this month. The colorful plants have been cultivated by Clemson horticulture students.
The curator of the Clemson University Herbarium has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to work and conduct botanical research in tropical Southeast Asia. Botanist Dixie Damrel will lecture and research at the Sarawak Biodiversity Center and the Forestry Research Institute in Malaysia throughout the spring 2015 academic year.
The Clemson University Herbarium is set to launch a four-year project to make digital images of its 100,000-plus preserved plant specimen collection. The herbarium is included in a National Science Foundation grant that aims to build a digital inventory highlighting the southeastern United States as a “global hotspot of plant diversity.”
According to Tim Spira, every plant has a story to tell, and the abundant plant life in the southern Appalachian Mountains and the rolling hills of the adjacent Piedmont are especially talkative.