Terrestrial Bromeliads of South America

With Andy Siekkinen
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – 7:00 pm Pacific Time

NOTE: Members and visitors can attend in person in San Francisco, or watch on Zoom. See important Covid requirements and location info at right.

Program Description

Andy will speak on the terrestrial bromeliads of South America. While in cultivation we are more familiar with the genera in the Andes, especially the genera of Dyckia and Deuterocohnia, Brazil has many endemic genera with succulent plants. This should not be a surprise as Brazil is the center of diversity of the Bromeliaceae and has many at least seasonally dry habitats. From within Brazil, we will learn about the unique plants found in Chapada Diamantina and Serra do Cipó national parks. This will be an overview of these plants, their habitats, some tips on cultivation, and their evolutionary relationships.

Andy Siekkinen is building a bromeliad-centric nursery in San Diego and continuing his research on the genus Hechtia independently following completion of grad school. He has been exploring Mexico for over a decade and has described 11 species with many more coming. While Hechtia has been his focus, he loves (nearly) all bromeliads and any other interesting plant that grows well in his climate, especially those that are xeric adapted.

The show-and-tell table this month will feature succulent Bromeliads. Attendees are encouraged to bring these, or anything in bloom, for discussion at the start of the meeting.

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Meeting Agenda

7:00 Mingling and announcements
7:30 Formal presentation starts promptly with Society business
7:35 Show and Tell Table – with Brian Kemble
7:50 Leg stretch
7:55 Featured presentation

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