Thursday, November 7, 2013 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM .
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm.
Speaker- Kyle Williams
Program Title: – "Those Darn Taxonomists! An Introduction to the Science of Plant Taxonomy for Cactus and Succulent enthusiasts.
You may have heard the term "taxonomy", and maybe know that when the name of your plant is changed plant taxonomists are to blame. While naming plants is an important part of taxonomy, it is just one of the many jobs of a plant taxonomist, a person that studies the evolution, classification, and nomenclature of plants. In this month's talk Kyle will discuss the science of plant taxonomy and the job of a plant taxonomist. You don’t have to have a scientific background to be able to understand and appreciate how interesting describing, grouping and classifying a plant can be.
Kyle Williams has been a plant fanatic since childhood. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Ph.D. in Botany (Plant Taxonomy and Systematics) from Duke University. These degrees reflect his long standing interest in both the cultivation and science of plants. His Ph.D. research focused on the evolution, classification, and pollination biology of gingers (Zingiberaceae), a group of plants that rival orchids in their beauty. His postdoctoral studies at Harvard University focused on a general survey of the plants of Thailand. These opportunities allowed him to do extensive field work in Thailand, Burma, China, India, Costa Rica, and other countries (mainly in Southeast Asia). While most of his work has been in tropical rainforests, he has long maintained an interest in cacti and succulents.
November Plants of the Month
Cacti: Crest and Monstrose
Succulents: Crest and Monstrose