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

Joseph Hidalgo - Asclepiadaceae

"My interest in plant genera grows and wanes with the actual growth activity of my collection. I get excited in the fall when the winter growers are doing their thing, I find myself purchasing strange South African bulbs, Conophytums, Othonnas, Tylecodons, Pelargonium species and perhaps a book or two on them. As spring approaches and the winter growers are going to sleep, the summer growers start showing signs of life. I switch gears and get interested in the caudiciforms, Pachypodiums, medusoid Euphorbias and caudiciform Euphorbias. Of these I did notice I am missing a group, the Asclepiads."

Joseph's presentation will cover his trials, tribulations, joys, and triumphs in courting rare and difficult species of Asclepiadaceae.

Cactus:         Advanced • Novice  
Succulents:         Advanced • Novice  
Something Special:         Advanced • Novice  
Stapeliads: Huernia, Stapelia, Piaranthus, etc. (or your choice)
Beginners' Luck:         Novice Only  

The meeting will be held in the Meeting Hall


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