Marion Lobstein discusses the fascinating structure and lifecycles of the milkweeds and their relatives. She covers the species diversity in the John Clayton Chapter area, pollination, and historic medicinal and edible uses of these special plants.
At the end of the program, she also highlights the life and importance of John Clayton, for whom the chapter is named, as well as provides some interesting background on Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica, the symbol of the John CLayton chapter.
Marion Lobstein is a Virginia Native Plant Society life member. She served on the original board of directors, and currently serves as the Botany Chair of the Prince William Wildflower Society chapter of VNPS. She was involved in establishing the Foundation of the Flora of Virginia Project and served for twenty years on the Project’s Board of Directors. She is active in the Virginia Academy of Science and is a life member of the State Arboretum (at Blandy Experimental Farm) where she teaches as a volunteer.
Marion is a professor emerita of Northern Virginia Community College where she taught biology for 36 years. Her academic degrees include a BSEd (Biology) from Western Carolina University, a MAT (with a concentration in botany) from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a MS in Biology from George Mason University.
This presentation was recorded at a meeting of the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society on November 18, 2021.