Presentation by Dr. Michael W. Douglas, Ph.D.
Research Meteorologist, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma
"Understanding the Climates of Succulent Plant Habitats"
This will be a very interesting program that will include lots of photos of succulent habitat locations as Michael will present his ideas about the relationship of weather on the environmental conditions on succulent plants.
Dr. Douglas became interested in cacti from a friend while in high school in San Diego, and thereafter traveled widely through the desert southwest and Baja California before going off to graduate school in Florida. After a nearly endless period of graduate studies at two universities in Florida, he obtained his Ph.D. in Meteorology from Florida State University in 1987. His last 16 years have been spent in Norman, Oklahoma at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, where, contrary to normal expectations, he has not been chasing tornadoes but instead has been doing research on the climate and weather of the southwestern US and Mexico and also of regions farther afield, in South America and parts of Africa. Fieldwork for this research required extensive traveling and extended stays throughout Latin America and parts of Africa, most with his wife Rosario. This work travel, together with many personal trips made over the years, has afforded lots of exposure to succulent habitats. This has led to some of his current "unofficial" research, which involves seeking meteorological explanations for many of the succulent plant habitats around the globe.
This will be a must see program for everyone! I would highly recommend that you please try to attend this important look at the earth's meteorological patterns and the habitats that are always under the natural control from the climate.
Free Plant Giveaway
There are several hundreds species of Agave. They are native to the Southwestern US, throughout Mexico and into Central America. They were (and continue to be) cultivated for centuries by the native populations for fibers, food and drinks. They are also very useful plants in desert gardens and many of the species that are native to areas northerly of the tropics are quite hardy. Agaves are succulent rosettes, often clumping, occasionally on short trunks. They generally have a sharp spine a the end of their leaves, and for this reason should be away from paths. Each rosette blooms after many years (generally at least 8). The blooming rosette uses all its energy to produce the giant towering bloom, and seeds. When it has finished blooming, in almost all the species, the rosette dries out. Some species produce a large quantity of new plants on the flower stem (bulbils). These can be detached and planted.
Those with family names beginning with Q, R, S, T and U, please bring your choice of refreshments to the meeting. You generous sharing will be greatly appreciated and enjoyed!