May 15 Online Meeting. Dr. Edwin Leuck, “The Cactaceae: Diversity of Form, Function and Habitat”

On May 15th, 7:00 pm, Dr. Leuck will present a talk via Zoom entitled “The Cactaceae: Diversity of Form, Function and Habitat.” He will discuss the characteristics that make a cactus a cactus. These include parts of the internal anatomy, external morphology, and some physiology. He will survey the major groups of cacti, their diversity, and the economic importance of some members of the family.

If you are interested in joining in, please send a request for a link to gilanative@gmail.com.

Dr. Leuck, now a resident of Silver City, is emeritus Professor of Biology at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He taught courses in botany, plant systematics, ecology, conservation biology, microbiology and introductory biology from 1980-2016. His interest in cacti is of long standing: his doctoral dissertation dealt with the systematics of the small-flowered hedgehog cacti in the genus Echinocereus. He continues to look for cacti in New Mexico, especially in the Bootheel and southern Gila regions, and is currently involved in a long-term study of a Peniocereus greggii (Arizona Queen of the Night) population near Rodeo, New Mexico.