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Next Meeting: Thursday 8th March  7:30pm
Ron Parsons:

            "California Native Orchids"

California has only 32 species of orchids (actually one is an introduced species), and one or more species can be found in every county of the state. The largest genus is Piperia, which has eleven species which many would call insignificant, but are actually quite beautiful under close inspection. The state is home to three species of Cypripedium, one of which is a near endemic (it extends its range into the southwest corner of Oregon) as well as a host of other beauties. Most of the species will be discussed, some with examples from different parts of their range, others with color forms. All photographs were taken in the wild. 

Ron Parsons is considered by many to be one of the finest flower photographers in the United States. His photography and encyclopedic knowledge of orchids is known both nationally and internationally. He has been photographing orchids, wildflowers, and almost every other kind of plant for over 25 years, and has a slide collection that numbers well over 80,000 slides! Ron loves to travel, photograph orchids and wildflowers in situ, visit orchid and other plant enthusiasts collections, and most of all, to take photographs of plants and flowers that he likes.  Ron has an outstanding website at

Ron is a popular speaker, and gives talks frequently on variety of orchid-related topics, as well as on California wildflowers, cacti and succulents, carnivorous plants, gesneriads and bromeliads. If interested in his lecture topics, see the lecture page of this web site for more information and links to sample photographs and lecture descriptions. Ron is often asked to present the "show and tell" plants at orchid meetings-he is always full of up to date taxonomic information, culture requirements, and other little known facts about the species and hybrids that members bring in.

Ron's talks feature his beautiful color slides of the subject matter, in-depth information, and first-hand knowledge about the species discussed.

The plant table will be provided by Ron Parsons & Dr. Mary Gerritsen

Epipactis gigantea

Corallorhiza striata

Photos by Ron Parsons

No host dinner with the speaker
who will be accompanied by Mary Gerritsen will be at Cafe Milano, 716 Contra Costa Blvd., Concord, 
Tel: 925.682.5764   We will meet at 5.30pm.  Anyone who wants to join please contact Eileen Jackson at 707-642-5915 or  

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