Meeting Programs

Upcoming Meeting Programs

Zoom Meeting, October 16, 2020, 7:00 pm – “Reflections on the Flora of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument,” Presenters William (Bill) Norris, Kelly Kindscher, and Russ Kleinman

The way Zoom works is that you get an email invitation with the link to the meeting (and directions). When the time comes closer we will be sending an invitation to all Gila Native Plant Society members who have favored us with their emails. Anyone else who is interested may email us at and request an invitation.

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Past Meetings:

Friday, April 17, 2020 Meeting via Zoom. “Lichens for Beginners”, Presenter Russ Kleinman

Caloplaca approximata

One of our favorite researchers, Russ Kleinman, gave  a basic introduction to lichens – what they are, how they have been used, their biology and some of the most common lichens in our area.

The presentation was much appreciated, and the Zoom experiment was a success.

View “Lichens for Beginners” presentation on YouTube:  




In May and June. Dr. Edwin Leuck gave us a two-part presentation on cacti: 

May 15, 2020 – Virtual Meeting. “The Cactaceae. Diversity of Form, Function, and Habitat”

In his presentation in May, Ed Leuck presented the characteristics that make a cactus a cactus. These include bits of internal anatomy, external morphology, and some  physiology. He discussed the major groups of cacti and the diversity contained within, and the economic importance of some members of the family. To view the May 15th presentation in pdf form (no sound), click on the image:  

June 19, 2020 – Virtual Meeting. “The Cacti of New Mexico”

His June presentation included most of the native cacti present in New Mexico, their distributions, habitat specificities, salient (hopefully diagnostic) characteristics, and lots of photos.