Cactus Courier
Newsletter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose

A Bee's-Eye-View of Cacti

Susan Dunlap’s interest in plants began as a photo journey and lead her to focus on cacti and succulents in particular, because of the visual diversity found in these plants. She will give a talk describing a serendipitous discovery – a new method to identify plants – concentrating especially on showing us close-up images taken from a bee’s view of Cacti.

Since 2001, Susan has been concentrating on developing a plant identification system. She received a USDA grant to further develop this resource - recently launched at She has also continued to pursue her artistic career and is a grant recipient from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, an award presented to her based on the exceptional quality of her work and the extent of her artistic achievement.

Some of the plants included in the program are Copiapoa dealbata, Coryphantha elephantidens ssp. greenwoodii, Echinofossulocactus tegelbergii, Echinopsis subdenutata, Euphorbia India, Euphorbia resinifera, Euphorbia stellaspina, Ferocactus wizlizenii, Gymnocalycium carminanthum, Mammillaria nejapensis, Mammillaria rekoi, Mammillaria rekoi ssp leptacantha, Melocactus neryi, Neochilenia imitans, Parodia buiningii, Parodia herzogii, Pelecyphora aselliformis, Pelecyphora strobiliformis, Stenocactus capespitosus, Stenocactus multicostata, Tephrocactus molinensis and Turbinicarpus macrochele.

Cactus:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
Cacti of Mexico
Succulents:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
Succulent Bulbs
Something Special:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
I can grow what everyone else kills! (or your choice)
Beginners' Luck:         Novice Only  

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