Kamikaze Botany & Other Tales of the Wild Sansevieria
Presented by Robert H. Webb, Arid Lands Greenhouses
Kamikaze botany involves traveling long distances in uncomfortable vehicles seeking a few rare plants to photograph. Some sansevierias described long ago have been rarely visited and are not in cultivation (or widely distributed). Rather extreme measures are required to find some of these plants. This talk will discuss the results of two recent kamikaze botany trips to Tanzania and Malawi. But wait, there's more! A number of plants with locality data but not described as species have flowered recently in Tucson. These new species -- Sansevieria malabensis, S. butleri, S. phillipsii, and S. disticha, are currently in press in major journals, adding to the close to 100 species of sansevierias now known to science. Finally, Bob Webb recently collaborated with Len Newton to write a book on sansevierias entitled "The Genus Sansevieria: A Pictorial Guide to the Species." He will discuss the trials and tribulations of doing botany in Africa with a mind for finding new species.
If you have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 you are welcome to come and join us for this excellent in person presentation (masks will be required by all). This meeting will also be a Zoom program and will be an important educational and informational event you must see. Also, if using Zoom, be sure to log in to win a $25.00 gift certificate from TCSS or choose a copy of the new 3rd edition of the Field Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents of Arizona. Plant give-a-ways will also be happening at the in person meeting as well. When leaving the live in person meeting, everyone can get a free plant offered to you by the TCSS.
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