In this presentation, Michelle will provide a general overview of the cactus genus Cylindropuntia (chollas) and in-depth descriptions for the cholla species of Arizona. She will focus first on cholla of the Tucson area, followed by the other cholla of Arizona. She will also discuss the most common naturally-occurring hybrids, along with recent genetic research and taxonomic changes.
Michelle Cloud-Hughes is a botanist 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 projects throughout the southwestern U.S. Her main love is Cylindropuntia, but she is also fascinated by other cacti, particularly Echinocereus, Grusonia, Pediocactus, and occasionally even Opuntia.
This will be the last program presentation for 2019, so please join in welcoming Michelle back to Tucson and thank you all for attending the various programs this year. On November 7, come welcome new members and visitors and make some new friends. Visit our library and check out some books! During the break, you will want to enjoy the great refreshments and also, try your luck to win some of the plants available in the raffle. Stay until the end of the meeting and get your free plant offered to you by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.