Class explores plant communities at granite outcrop

As part of her field botany class, Oxford College Associate Professor of Biology Eloise Carter (second from right) recently took her students to see granite outcrops in Rockdale County. The class goes to a different plant community every week, looking specifically at plant communities unique to the Piedmont region. This particular plant community, said Carter, includes two protected species, amphianthus and isoetes, "two of the rarest species my students will ever see in their lifetime." Other plant communities the class visits include hardwood forests and "urban weeds."

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