Patagonia 2019 – Elisabeth and Norbert Sarnes

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – 7:00 pm Pacific Time

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Norbert and Elisabeth Sarnes started collecting cacti in 1977, but it was only after a 2004 trip to Patagonia that they began to focus on Austrocactus, Pterocactus and Maihueniopsis. Many trips to Patagonia followed, now totaling over 50,000 km in that part of the world, looking for cacti and other plants. 

This travelogue features a selection of pictures from their last pre-COVID trip to Patagonia in 2019 – a round trip through all Patagonian provinces in Argentina. They were lucky to see nearly every species of cacti in flower and a lot of other plants and wild animals. Join them as they cross the whole range of landscapes from the Andes Mountain chain over the central mesetas to the Atlantic coast. 

The results of Norbert and Elisabeth’s cactus adventures have been published in both German and international journals, including first descriptions of new austrocacti and a Pterocactus. Other publications include the books “Cactus de Patagonia” (2012, sold out), “Austrocactus 2015”, their just-published book on the genus Pterocactus (free download), and their websites and

Between 2008 and 2017 Norbert was Vice-President of the German Cactus Association (DKG), and Elisabeth is a committee member of the ELK, Europe’s largest cactus and succulent event. At home in western Germany, they cultivate a collection of seed-grown Patagonian cacti on about 50 square meters. 

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