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A Trip to the Canary Islands

By Nels Christianson
Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 pm

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

In May 2014 approximately twenty members of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America traveled to the Canary Islands to see the succulent flora of six of the seven islands in this volcanic chain. These islands, with such exciting species as Dracaena draco, Euphorbia canariensis, Aeonium tabuliforme and Ceropegia fusca, are a paradise for lovers of succulent plants. From the coolest, wettest island of La Palma in the northwest to the warmest, driest island of Lanzarote in the northeast, the group was able to view dozens of interesting species among several genera of succulent plants. The archipelago of the Canary Islands is the center of speciation for the genera Aeonium, Aichryson and Monanthes. The level of endemism is high for the Canary Islands as a whole and even for individual islands. Besides visiting dozens of habitats the group spent considerable time at three botanical gardens, pictures from which will also be featured in this presentation.

Nels Christianson is a native of Merced, California and lives in L.A.. He is a board member of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America, and has been a member since 1984. In addition, he is a member of the Begonia Society, the Gesneriad Society, and the Bromeliad Society. He is a weekly volunteer at the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Nels has been hybridizing Dyckias for ten years. Some of his other favorite succulent genera are Parodia, Retutia, Aloe, Dudleya, Echeveria, Gasteria and Sinningia. Besides the trip to the Canary Islands Nels has participated in CSSA trips to Brazil, Argentina, Oaxaca and northeast Mexico.

This month's featured grower will be Melanie Hamilton.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature Canary Island plants in the Crassula Family
(Aeonium, Aichryson, Greenovia & Monanthes)
on the succulent side and Gymnocalycium on the cactus side, and anything else looking good that you would like to share.

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

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