July Program: Echinocereus of the US - A photographic journey of the beauty of this spectacular genus of cacti
Duke Benadom Bio
Duke has been involved with several cactus & succulent clubs and is a life member of three. He became a Director for the Cactus & Succulent Society of America (CSSA) in 1990, served as the CSSA's Show Chairman for more than a decade, and as Convention Chairman for six conventions. He served as Vice President and then President for a total of almost ten years, and as Editor of the Cactus & Succulent Journal for just over a year. He is a recipient of three CSSA awards, Superior Service, Special Service, and Fellow. He was the author of the long-running CSJ column, Superb Succulents, since its inception. He enjoys flora and fauna, seed growing, traveling, photography, and sharing these experiences with others of similar interests.
Duke will be presenting a digital program on those species of Echinocereus that are autochthonous to the United States. Taxonomy on this genus has undergone continuous change for the past couple of decades, and authorities are still in disagreement. Nevertheless, it’s a fascinating genus of diverse plants, and is probably the most spectacular in flowering and form. Duke is almost finished writing and publishing a large book on Echinocereus, but it will not be printed in time for the meeting. However, he will be bringing copies of his new book, Superb Succulents, and he will have plants for sale.