California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday September 12
Note: No Keying Club or Mystery Plant ID this time
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Stephen McCabe
Conservation of Liveforevers: Threats and New Species?

Stephen McCabe will show photos of Dudleya (aka liveforevers) and other native plants. The liveforevers are succulents that have diversified primarily in California and Baja California and their off-shore islands. McCabe will also show other wildflowers that grow near the liveforevers. Many of the liveforevers are naturally uncommon and have become endangered due to development along the coast and recreational activities occurring within their habitats. Four or more species that are not yet named will be shown. He will also offer information about how to grow the native succulents in local gardens.

Stephen McCabe has been a CNPS Board Member since 1985, focusing especially on sandhills conservation. He worked at the UCSC Arboretum for 30 years until his recent retirement. He is preparing several research manuscripts about Dudleya and has presented programs at several international symposia. He has written about gardening with native plants for several publications. His efforts to plan restoration of endangered species have been profiled in a cover story of Science News.

science news cover