SFPS General Meeting JUN. 6th “Plant Exploration on the Island of Socotra” Dr. Lazaro Priegues

SFPS General Meeting JUN. 6th “Plant Exploration on the Island of Socotra” Dr. Lazaro Priegues

SFPS General Meeting – June 6, 2022

Dr. Lazaro Priegues (Director, SFPS) 

“Plant Exploration on the Island of Socotra”

Socotra, an 82-mile-long island in the Indian Ocean, is home to some of the most interesting flora in the world. Yet it has been botanized for less than 125 years! When Scottish academic Isaac Balfour first explored it in 1880, he brought back over 200 plants species never before known to science. As a result of Socotra”s longtime isolation, the count of endemic species is now somewhere between 308 and 325 — nearly 40% of the island’s flora.

In March of this year, SFPS board member Dr. Lazaro Priegues spent a week in Socotra. At our June 6 meeting, he will present a program titled “Plant Exploration on the Island of Socotra.” Although the very dry climate of most of the island isn’t amenable to supporting many palm species, you’ll enjoy seeing Laz’s photos of some of the sights of Socotra, including the distinctive, and distinctively-named, Dragon’s Blood Tree.

Meeting will include a potluck and plant auction, contributions from member’s kitchens & gardens. We encourage you to bring your favorite potluck food dish, as well as tagged plants for the auction that follows the program. Thank you for your contributions.

Hope to see you soon!

JUNE 6th, 2022, Doors 7:00 PM Meeting @ 7:30 PM

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

South Gate, Corbin Building

General meetings are held on the first Monday of February, April, June, August, and October, with guest speakers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Garden House, doors at 7:00 pm, business & speaker by 7:30 pm. Use the South Entrance and walk through the stone & iron gate. Have a speaker suggestion for the Society? If so, please contact us

SFPS meets on the first Monday of every even-numbered month.

Dates for 2022:

February 7, 2022

April 4, 2022

June 6, 2022

August 1, 2022

October 3, 2022

December 5, 2022

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The SFPS generally plans garden tours in the spring & fall. These events range from nurseries specializing in palms, to private residences, and other locations of interest to palm enthusiasts. 

SFPS’s (5) bimonthly meetings are open to non-members. The SFPS holiday in December is free to members, and guests may attend for $10. The party has traditionally featured a pot luck dinner, live auction, and silent auction.

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