October 28th, 2021 Meeting

When?
October 28, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Speaker – Dean Karras

Our speaker, Dean Karras, will present a botanical travelogue of his first expedition to Baja, Mexico in February of 2018 wherein he traversed over 1,000 miles in a week. The emphasis of the presentation will be on field observations of the plants we know and love:
cacti, agaves, euphorbias, pachycauls, and dudleyas. However, Dean will also discuss how the greater climate, geology, and ecology of the Baja ecoregion collectively shape the unique landscape and the plants that inhabit it.

Dean is the founder and owner of Gnosis Nursery in Ramona, CA. Palomar Club member since 2017, member of SDCSS since 2019. Some of his favorite succulent genera are: Aloe, Agave, Dudleya, Trichocereus, Echinocereus, Astrophytum, and Ferocactus. He is also partial to mesembs, caudiciforms, and and xeric bromeliads, although his passion for plants extends far beyond succulents to include organic gardening & permaculture practices, natives, edibles, and ethnobotanically significant plants. When not busy propagating and selling plants, Dean can be found exploring and photographing the Desert Southwest and Baja

Meeting Information

Ariocarpus, Adenium are the mini show plants

Cactus: Ariocarpus

Ariocarpus is a genus of cactus found mostly in south Texas and Mexico. The taxonomy of the genus is somewhat confused, but there are about seven recognized species. The plants are very unusual looking as far as cactus go because of the stacked spineless tubercules. A large portion of the plant is underground in the form of a large taproot. As the plant matures a wooly area forms at the apex, and that is where the beautiful white to dark pink flowers emerge from, usually in the fall. Because of over collecting, the Ariocarpus genus is very endangered in its natural habitat.

Succulent: Adenium

Not to be confused with Adenia, Adenium, is a genus of plant in the Apocynaceae family, which also includes Plumeria, and Pachypodium. There are 5 species, mostly found in southern Africa, and the island of Socotra. The common name Desert Rose refers to the beautiful, mostly light pink to red flowers, although some nursery cultivars produce yellow and orange flowers.

Not only does Adenium have beautiful flowers, but the base of the plant swells into a nice caudex as it grows, making the genus very desirable to succulent collectors. The sap from the plant is highly toxic, and is used as an arrow poison in its native habitat.

Learn more about our Mini-Show Guidelines

When?
October 28, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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


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