September Monthly Meeting
September 24 @ 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the DBG in Dorrance Hall
Speaker: Jon Rebman, PhD, Curator of Botany, San Diego Natural History Museum
Topic: The Flora of Baja California Sur, with emphasis on new botanical discoveries and succulent plants
Botanical surveys and collecting expeditions in Baja California are important scientific endeavors that are conducted in order to improve our natural history of little-known regions, make new botany discoveries, facilitate conservation awareness, and improve binational collaboration. Over the last couple years, Dr. Rebman has been involved in various scientific expeditions to remote parts of the Baja California region and its adjacent islands and has also lived in LaPaz for ten months from April 2015 to June 2016, on a remote work assignment for the San Diego Natural History Museum. During this time on on these trips, some significant botanical discoveries have been made, new species encountered and connect how they relate to improving our knowledge of the flora as a whole.
The State of Baja California Sur (BCS) supports a wealth of species diversity in many different plant families. It is estimated that the flora of the state consists of approximately 2,200 plant taxa of which almost 600 (27%) are known only from (endemic to) the region. Many of the plants from the region are distinctive, beautiful and stretch the imagination in respect to plant form and structure. For example, the Creeping Devil (Stenocereus eruca), Cochemiea halei, Morangaya pensilis, recently described elephant trees (Bursera spp.), tree yuccas (Yucca valida), succulent bromeliads (Hectia montana), and much more of the fantastic flora of the BCS. With more than 300 succulent plant taxa present on the peninsula and adjacent islands and a rather high rate of endemism, the cacti and succulents of the Baja California region are conspicuous and truly unique part of the peninsula’s natural history.
Speaker: S. H. Sohmer, PhD, FLS
Topic: The Wonders of Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA)
Dr. Sohmer is the new Director of BTA and he will do an informative talk on BTA.
We love cacti and succulents. You will fit right in!
Learn about plants you have. Do they grow bigger and flower every year? They should!
Tired of replacing succulents? Find out why!
Over a hundred of us attend meetings. We socialize before and after. New friends to make!
Monthly Q&A sessions during meetings.
Learn about new and different plants, faraway and exotic places.
Silent Auction at every meeting. Free Plants at most meetings. Take home some new plants!
Want plants not sold at big box stores? We know where to find them!