Thursday, August 6, 2015 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM .
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm
Speaker- Nels Christianson
Presentation- "The 2008 CSSA trip to Brazi: The Plants of the Northeastern
State of Bahia"
The 2008 CSSA trip to the Brazilian states of Bahia and Minas Gerais provided Nels the opportunity to widen his broad experience of Brazilian flora, geography and culture. The trip started in a rainy Salvador, Bahia's seaside capital and capital of colonial Brazil for over 200 years. In Bahia's 50-mile wide coastal region rain can fall at any time of the year though totals are only high in southern coastal Bahia where cacao is raised. As one travels westward the yearly rainfall total diminishes significantly. Interior Bahia is located in what is called the Polygon of Drought and this is primarily the region covered in this presentation. It is an area rich in succulent plants. For example, the county of Morro do Chapéu itself is the habitat of over thirty succulent species.
Nels is a native of Merced, California. He received a bachelor of arts degree in the double majors of Political Science and Latin American Studies in 1973 from UCSB. Nels is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In 2012 he retired from the department of International Relations of UCLA Medical Center after a 37-year career.
In 1976 Nels was awarded a Rotary Foundation ambassadorial scholarship to study Brazilian literature at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte. He has traveled widely in Brazil on fifteen subsequent trips during which he has taken every opportunity to botanize. He joined the CSSA in 1984 and joined the board in 2015. He has been the newsletter editor of Sunset Succulent Society for eleven years. He is a member of the San Fernando Valley Bromeliad Society, the La Ballona Bromeliad Society, the Culver City Gesneriad Society and is president of the Westchester Chapter of the American Begonia Society. Nels serves on the board of California Poets in the Schools and through his work helps to promote the teaching of poetry composition in grades K-12 throughout the state. Nels has a special interest in the genus Dyckia and has grown dozens of species and hybrids from seed. He also enjoys growing plants in the genera Aloe, Dudleya, Echeveria, Gasteria, Parodia, Rebutia and Sinningia.
August Plants of the Month