Next Meeting:

Desert Bandits: Parasitic Plants of Cacti, Succulents and Xerophytes

By Kipp McMichael
Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 pm

Location: Auditorium in the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, San Francisco MAP

In their challenging habitats with extremes of temperature and water-stress, succulents, cacti and xerophytes manage to concentrate both moisture and nutrients in their stems and roots. A cache of resources this valuable does not gone unnoticed by other desert dwellers. Although we think first of the gaze of hungry fauna when it comes to making meals of succulents and cacti, these plants must also contend with the hungry intentions of their fellow flora as well. This talk will introduce a variety of strange and fascinating plants who make their living via the unwilling help of the xerophytes around them.

Kipp McMichael is a professional web developer and an amateur naturalist with several degrees, none of them plant-related (but don't tell that to his overly-large plant collection). He grows cacti, succulents, caudiciforms and too many South African geophytes in his home garden in Berkeley.

The Featured Grower at the August meeting will be Brian Kemble, who will bring an assortment of agaves, aloes, gasterias, echeverias and cacti.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature caudiciforms on the succulent side, Astrophytum and Thelocactus 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 C to H, and any other members who would like to contribute this month.

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