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Flowering Plant Families

with Derick Poindexter, Plant Systematics Researcher, UNC Herbarium

The registration period has closed for this event.

Dates: Fridays, June 17, 24 and July 1

Time: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Fee: $135 ($122 Members)


This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families of flowering plants found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples.

No prerequisite.



Remaining Seats: 2

Registration open through 6/16/2022 4:00 PM EST

About the Instructor

Derick Poindexter is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina Herbarium, where his current work focuses on plant systematics, evolution, floristics, and taxonomy. He holds an M.S. in Biology from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he utilized comprehensive methods to disentangle relationships in the genus Carex. As a native of the Southern Appalachians of North Carolina, much of Derick’s work has addressed issues regarding biodiversity and ecology within this region.

Certificate in Native Plant Studies Credits

Flowering Plant Families: Credits - 1
Certificate in Native Plants Core Course: Credits - 1

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We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. When registering, you must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.

In brief, please follow these practices:

  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.

  • Bring a mask with you. Wear a mask at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6' distance outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wipe off your work area before and after class with disinfecting wipes that will be available in the classroom.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe both on campus and in our local communities.


Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)

100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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