Meeting Programs


Zoom Meeting, November 20, 2020, 7:00 pm – “Ferns of the Gila,” presenter Russ Kleinman

For the November meeting of the GNPS, Russ Kleinman will discuss unique characteristics of ferns and what it takes to survive as a fern in the Gila. We’ll then take a look at many of the 37 species of ferns known from the Gila and how to tell them apart. See you there!

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.

Save the dates!


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.



Zoom Meeting, October 16, 2020, 7:00 pm – “Reflections on a Plant Inventory of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (2013-2020),” presenters William (Bill) Norris, Kelly Kindscher, Russ Kleinman, Richard Felger and Patrice Mutchnick

The presenters reported findings from their long-term and ongoing study of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument flora, including the discovery of 500 vascular plant and 100+ moss and liverwort species. They also discussed a mystery: 90 vascular plant species documented previously at the Gila Cliff Dwellings have eluded the presenters to date despite eight years of intense field work. Finally, Bill, Kelly, Russ, Richard and Patrice described their plans to complete this floristic inventory in 2021 and how the results of this study have and will be used by educators, conservationists and biologists.

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