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NEW! The Botany of Intoxication with Nick Jensen and Sandy Namoff

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Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford St

Sun Valley, CA 91352

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Many seeds, leaves, roots, and stems contain chemical compounds that may help plants avoid being eaten by animals, including humans. In some cases, we have co-opted these plant defenses for the sake of recreational enjoyment, and there is often a fine line between poison and pleasure. This unique new class explores plants as intoxicants from two perspectives: how past and present-day humans have used them and what role this use plays in our society; and why plants produce these chemicals, and what roles these compounds play in their evolutionary history.

Sandy Namoff received her PhD from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden where she studied evolutionary processes in Calystegia (morning glories). She is currently the Laboratory Coordinator for introductory biology courses at the Keck Science Department at the Claremont Colleges.

Nick Jensen received his PhD from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden where he studied the flora of Tejon Ranch and evolutionary patterns in Streptanthus (jewelflowers). Nick is currently employed as Southern California Conservation Analyst for the California Native Plant Society.

Image of Datura wrightii (Sacred Datura or Jimsonweed) by Madena Asbell.

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Theodore Payne Foundation

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