January 6th at 11AM.

Hiding in plain sight: a new cactus species from the California Desert

Presenter: Michelle Cloud-Hughes

Presentation Description:
Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis (the chucky cholla) is a newly-described cactus found in San Bernardino, Riverside, and northern Imperial Counties, California. Michelle’s presentation will describe how this historically-misidentified cholla was determined to be a distinct new species and the characteristics that distinguish it from similar cholla species. This presentation will provide detailed information on where to see the chucky cholla as well as other cacti and succulents found in the same areas.

Presenter Bio:
Michelle Cloud-Hughes is a botanist and restoration ecologist specializing in desert flora and ecosystems. She worked for the Soil Ecology and Restoration Group at San Diego State University from 1997 to 2013 and spent most of those years doing restoration work in the central Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin National Training Center. In 2010 she started her company, Desert Solitaire Botany and Ecological Restoration, and since then has been involved in many rare plant surveys and other botanical and restoration projects throughout the southwestern U.S. Her main love is Cylindropuntia, but she is also fascinated by other cactus, particularly Echinocereus, Grusonia, Pediocactus, and occasionally even Opuntia.

LOCATION: Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Rancho Los Alamitos is located within Bixby Hill and accessed through the residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde. From the 405 Freeway, exit at Palo Verde Avenue and turn south. From the 605 Freeway, exit at Willow, follow to Palo Verde and turn south.
TIME: Sunday, January 6th at 11:00 a.m. Setup will be from 10:30 – 11:00.

REFRESHMENTS: We will follow the alphabet to determine who is to bring the snacks and finger foods. This month, those with last names starting with the letters A through C are asked to bring the goodies. Please feel free to bring something even if you don’t fall into this group.
PLANTs-OF-THE-MONTH: Cactus: Mammillaria Hooke Spines  – Succulent: Aeoniums
Enter up to three plants in each category.

Photos from the May Meeting

Mays Guest Speaker Greg Starr!