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Visiting the Spring Meeting 2009 of the Working Group „Echinopseen“ in Ruhla / Germany (April 4 and 5, 2009) by Wolfgang Latin
Meetings of the working group are held twice a year. On the first weekend in April activities are concentrated on the species of Sulcorebutia, Rebutia, Aylostera and Mediolobivia. Approximately 50 participators to come.
I started my trip with a visit of the collection of Kurt Köhler (Mister Weingartia) who lives just around the corner of Ruhla.
Beside a large number of all kind of cacti from Chile to Canada he is specialized in the species of Weingartia which will take the majority of space. One can find every species of Weingartia no matter if they belong to the northern or the southern border of the distribution area. No question remains unanswered.
Kurt with Weingartia westii
Weingartias in the wintering grounds
After several slices of homemade cheese cake Kurt his wife and I made a short drive to Ruhla.
The program for Saturday starts with a slide presentation by Roland Müller (Field-
Roland Müller explaining his slides
Roland Müller discussing RMR 812
After having Lunch with too many calories the 6/2009,1 Edition of “Echinopseen” were handed out. You may find there articles from the autors : G. Hentzschel, K. Augustin, W. Gertel, J. de Vries and others.
Especially the article from Gertel/deVries is of high importance for all Sulcomaniacs. Based on the classification of F.H. Brandt (1983) they subdivide Weingartia in 3 subspecies as follows :
Welcome back Sulcorebutia !
Spring 2009 Edition of “Echinopseen”
Following the time-
Rainer Wahl introducing Aylostera fiebrigii
To complete this eventful day of southamerican impressions Johan de Vries presented
slides of his 2005-
Countless spectacular views of selected places such as Cerro Aconcagua. From the heat to the cold and his special friends the Pterocacti escorted him and his party most of the dusty way.
Johan de Vries lost in Patagonia
Johan deVries and Rainer Wahl
NB : This is not a collection but it is closely related to our passion ! Ceci n'est pas à proprement parler une collection mais est quand même étroitement lié à notre passion ! Ruhla is a little town in Germany where, twice a year, the members of the Working Group "Echinopseen" get together and discuss our favorite plants. Thanks to Wolfgang Latin the all of us can take part in this event !