Speaker Series – Stephanie Varnum – Native Orchids of Texas

Speaker Series - Stephanie Varnum – Native Orchids of Texas


April 2, 2024    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Fifty-four species of wild orchids grow in Texas, and they are found in all ten of the natural regions of the state. They range from moderately common to extremely rare and critically endangered. Stephanie will give an overview of the orchids of Texas, but focus on the seven non-photosynthetic, myco-heterotrophic orchids of the Hexalectris genus. These beautiful, uncommon orchids are not amenable to propagation so the only way to ensure their future is to protect their habitats.

Stephanie is a native of western Pennsylvania who has spent her adult years in Texas. Love of nature was highly valued in her family and being out in the woods and prairies, birdwatching, and gardening are her favorite pass-times. She enjoys sharing her love of nature with her adult children and six grandchildren and friends. She has volunteered in an annual botanical survey of native, non-photosynthetic orchids in Texas for 15 years and had been a member of the North Texas Master Naturalists for nearly 20 years.