June 24th, 2021 Meeting – Rob Roy McGregor

When?
Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

About The Speaker: Rob Roy McGregor

Rob Roy MacGregor
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.

Program Topic – Mojave National Preserve

On the southeastern border of California lies 1.6 million acres that make up the Mojave National Preserve. Of the 4 deserts that exist in North America, 3 are present within this Preserve, the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran deserts. Over the course of multiple excursions throughout various seasons I have explored the Mojave Preserve to view succulent plants in habitat. Treks to the Mojave National Preserve are one-day trips that are inexpensive, contain accessible hot spots with a variety of succulent plants and geological phenomena. The intent of my talk is to demonstrate examples of exploring natural habitats in our own backyard that anyone with a day or two could experience, whether it’s the Mojave National Preserve or our other desert wonders.

Meeting Information

Melocactus, Adenia are the mini show plants

Melocactus
Melocactus is a genus of cactus with about 30 plus species. Most are from South America, but some species live in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. One of the distinguishing features of the genus is the cephalium produced at the apex of mature plants. The cephalium is where the flowers and later the small pink edible fruit are produced. This structure continues to grow and elongate as the plant ages.

Melocactus are very popular amongst cactus collectors.

Adenia
Adenia is a genus of plants in the family Passifloraceae, which also contains Passionflowers, but don’t think of Adenia as edible because some members of the genus are highly poisonous, and contain some of the most potent plant toxins known.

The genus contains about 100 species, and many are desirable to collectors because they are pachycauls and develop a beautiful swollen caudex as they mature.

When?
Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Refreshments will be available.


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