CactusWorldLIVE! – Online talks for May 2022 - next months talks are published just before the end of the month

Our talks normally take place twice a month on the first and third Tuesday at 7:30 PM GMT/UCT.

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AA may 1 22

Topic: Alain Buffel – Travelogue of Colombia 2019

Time: Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 7:30pm (BST)

Meeting ID: 859 1674 9788

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Alain Buffel lives in Ostend, a town on the Belgian North Sea coast. He has grown cacti since 1978 and is mainly interested in seeing the plants that he loves growing in their natural environment. Alain’s first trip to see plants in habitat was in 1991 when he travelled to South Africa for six weeks. Trips to many other countries followed, including Paraguay, Argentina, Madagascar, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Cuba, USA, Mexico, Namibia, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Australia, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. Alain retired eight years ago after a career with the Belgian railroads and enjoys his retirement. He has travelled with many people from abroad who have become friends for life to see the plants they all love.

In this talk Alain takes us through the fascinating journey that he took to Colombia with his wife in 2019. He will take us to this beautiful country and introduce us to its wonderful variety of cacti and succulents.

aa may 2 22

Topic: Klaus-Peter Kleszewski - The world of Astrophytum - Habitats and Culture

Time: Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 7:30pm (BST)

Meeting ID: 862 9049 4118

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Klaus-Peter Kleszewski was five years old when he saw cacti for the first time. They were Echinopsis eyriesii growing on his grandmother’s windowsill. About 13 years later, he started his own collection in a cold frame with plants from South America. However, the spines of grandma’s Echinopsis were deep under his skin and very quickly a greenhouse was built to accommodate his growing collection. He developed a great interest in Mexican cacti, especially Astrophytum which is his favourite. His passion for photography goes hand in hand with his plant interests, and as a member of the DKG he has given many presentations. In 2010 Klaus wrote the publication Sternpflanzen for the DKG. He has also been involved in organising the ‘Wiesbadener Kakteenschau’ for the last 30 years, and has spoken twice at ELK.

In his talk Klaus will show us the habitats of the genus Astrophytum, beginning in the south and travelling to the north of their range. We will see the different species, variations and forms, flowers from plants in culture, abnormal growth, popular hybrids, and cultivars. This promises to be a fascinating talk on the genus, their habitat and culture.

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