We have a special speaker this month from Argentina! Visitors welcome! Members: Bring a friend!
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM, but arrive early to socialize & check out our plant vendors. We will be meeting in the big room this month and there will be a raffle.
This months presentation is “Nature and Cacti from Patagonia”
The program will take us to a part of South America where people seldom travel in search of cacti. This is probably the reason why so many collectors and hobbyists are not very familiar with some genera such as Pterocactus, Austrocactus, Mahiuenia etc.
Most people visit Patagonia in search of beautiful landscapes, snowcapped mountains, glacier lakes surrounded of pristine forests, incredible wildlife on the coast, among many other attractions.
The truth is that, even though we can find all those things, there are over 40 species of cacti that grow at these latitudes. Because of their isolation, these plants are largely unknown to most collectors or cacti enthusiasts. Also, because of their habitat, these cacti tolerate colder weather, and more humid conditions in the winter than plants from Northwestern Argentina.
This talk will attempt to show you the diversity of these little known plants as well some beautiful scenery from Northern Patagonia.
Born in Argentina. Owner of South America Nature Tours (former Cactus Expeditions), a company dedicated to the organization of tours for the last 12 years, throughout South America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador), Mexico and South Africa, with emphasis on plants (bromeliads, cacti, and orchids), and birding. Guillermo Rivera is a former researcher at the University of Cordoba, Argentina. He has a BS degree in Biology University of Cordoba and an MS in Marine Biology. Northeastern University as well as a PhD in Botany University of Cordoba.
Visitors are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.
We will also have a plant raffle, silent auction, and vendors selling plants & pottery starting at 7 PM.
The meeting will be at Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 South State College Blvd., Anaheim 92806-4988. Thursday, September 26, 7:30 PM