I started collecting plants about 20 years ago. At first it was collecting from the local nursery in San Felipe in Baja Norte California so I could plant them around a friend’s property in Puertecitos Baja California. Then 15 years ago I bought my home in Riverside and proceeded to remove the grass in my ½ acre backyard and install rocks and cacti. The front yard soon followed, receiving an aloe and rock remodel. After those first couple of years I began to meet people that would change my whole outlook on cacti and succulent plants. It was at this time I ran into a person whom I would later call my mentor. He took the time to instill in me the drive to learn correct terminology and spelling of plants.
He also taught me to take a more scientific approach of gathering information. It was this approach that I call “playing with my plants” which gave me the willingness to do what I have done to plants, in the name of further education.
The program I will be presenting is filled with graphic and violent behaviors. The plants used in my demonstrations will recover from being bisected, decapitated, and hot nailed. The concept of this presentation is to demonstrate the resilience of the succulent plants we all grow and to encourage people to play with their plants.
Sansevieria, Stenocactus (Echinofossulocactus) are the mini show plants.
Sansevieria is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, native to Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia. Common names include mother-in-law’s tongue, devil’s tongue, bow string hemp, snake plant and snake tongue. There is great variation within the genus, and species range from succulent desert plants such as Sansevieria pinguicula to thinner leafed tropical plants such as Sansevieria trifasciata. Plants often form dense clumps from a spreading rhizome or stolons.
Stenocactus (Echinofossulocactus) This genus in the family Cactaceae is native to the Chihuahuan desert in Mexico. The plants are globose and remain relatively small making them very manageable in pots. Additionally, they grow easily and flower readily – often one of the first in a cactus collection to flower in the spring. In addition to their ball-shape, most species in this genus have unique fin-like ribs that are very numerous. Individual plants can vary considerably within a species and this makes identification in this genus notoriously difficult. Due to a long and convoluted nomenclatural history, the genus is often still grown and traded among collectors under the genus name Echinofossulocactus.
August 22, 2019
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Refreshments will be available.