"In Search of Rare American Cacti"
Presented by Peter Beiersdorfer
Peter Beiersdorfer will present a talk entitled
"In Search of Rare American Cacti". 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 small cluster of
plants left in the wild. The talk illustrates the quest to photograph all the native species of cacti in
the commonwealth and introduces all US cacti native to the Caribbean.
His accent not withstanding, Peter Beiersdorfer was
born in California, and now lives in Livermore. He has
a Ph. D. in physics, and, after having visited Puerto
Rico multiple times, in 2012 went to work for several
months in the Chemical Physics Program at the
University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of several
Bay Area cactus and succulent societies, and for the
past four years has been serving as the sales chair of
the semi-annual show & sale of the Cactus and
Succulent Society of San Jose.
Please give Peter a warm welcome back to Fresno!
Plants: Peter will bring plants for sale, including some that are native to the Caribbean.
DINNER: BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
715 East Shaw, Fresno, CA | Phone: 559.570.1900
Carpool and come early, parking is scarce.Contact Rosanna Rojas by Wednesday, March 5, to make reservations.
Phone 559.999.0017. Email: email@example.com
Members are invited to attend. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.