Killer Plants: A Longwood Gardens Takeover of Science on Tap

Science on Tap
Monday, April 13, 2020
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
National Mechanics
22 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States


Kindle your enthusiasm for science, and meet new people at Science on Tap, a monthly science café.

Join us for a very special Science on Tap takeover this month! Be sure to join us and give our special guests from Longwood Gardens a warm Science on Tap welcome!

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 talk 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 presentation in the heart of Philadelphia.


About the Speaker

Botanist and plant hunter Chris Thorogood is the deputy director and head of science for the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum in the United Kingdom. He is a best-selling author of specialist and nonspecialist titles, including Weird Plants and the children’s book Perfectly Peculiar Plants. Thorogood’s research focuses on the evolution of parasitic and carnivorous plants and plant diversity in the Mediterranean Basin and Japan. He is a passionate communicator and ambassador for public engagement with plant sciences and has made regular international TV appearances, including on shows in the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and Canada.