Cactus Courier
Newsletter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose

In search of the rarest American cactus

Peter Beiersdorfer will present a talk entitled "In search of the rarest American cactus". Puerto Rico hosts some of the most enchanted succulent forests in the US, including those formed by thousands of Melocactus intortus or by the stately Consolea rubescens. Several species, such as Leptocereus quadricostatus, are endemic to Puerto Rico, which means they are found nowhere else on earth. A small island off the coast of Puerto Rico is home to the rarest American cactus species, with apparently only one plant and some rooted branches left in the wild. Peter's talk illustrates his quest to photograph all the native species of cacti in the commonwealth.

In advance of our upcoming Fall Show & Sale, Peter will bring a collection of plants for sale.

Cactus:         Advanced • Novice  
Variegated Cacti
Succulents:         Advanced • Novice  
Variegated Succulents
Something Special:         Advanced • Novice  
Columnar Cacti (or your choice)
Beginners' Luck:         Novice Only  
Barrel Cactus

Note that the meeting will be in the Meeting Hall this month
and not in the Multi-Cultural building.

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