Next Meeting:

Cacti of Cuba

Dr. Carlos Sanchez
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 pm

Location: Auditorium in the San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave (at Lincoln Way), San Francisco MAP

The island of Cuba has a surprisingly diverse assortment of cacti, with 40 species belonging to 15 genera. Of these, 26 species are endemic to Cuba. Dr. Sanchez will go over the distributions of the various species, as well as an in-depth look at the genus Leptocereus and its pollination & reproduction.

Dr. Sanchez has been a professor in Cuba for 40 years, and he has worked at Cuba's National Botanic Garden at the University of Havana since 1980. He has taught classes on many areas of botany, and has worked with graduate students as well as undergraduates. His work has been published in numerous scientific publications, both in Cuba and internationally, and he has written monographs of 3 families of Cuban ferns. This work has been recognized by two "Best Scientific Book" awards from the University of Havana, and in 2013 he received the National Award in Botany from the Cuban Society of Botany. He has done research and taught courses in various countries in Europe and in Latin America.

David Calibo will be the featured grower this month.

What to bring:

The Show & Tell table will feature columnar cacti on the cactus side and Agaves on the succulent side. As usual, feel free to bring anything else
that you would like to share.

Please bring baked goodies, fruit, snack food or a beverage if your last name begins with the letters C to H, and any other members who would like to contribute this month.

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