Meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Location for Chapter Meetings

The Tucson chapter holds meetings between September and May each year, with a summer break.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings in 2021-2022 will be conducted via Zoom.  We will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  The meeting zoom will open at 6:45 pm to allow us to interact socially before the speaker begins.  Mailing list members will receive a Zoom link the Monday before the meeting.  If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend one of our meetings on Zoom, email us at NativePlantsTucson@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.  Videos of past meetings can be found on our YouTube channel.

Tucson Chapter Meeting

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm via Zoom

A Starving Man Does Not Sniff His Food:

Plants Used as Famine Foods

Presented by

Dr. Paul E. Minnis


Dr. Minnis inspecting an agave on the landscape.

The use of plants during food shortages, including famines, have saved millions of lives. Yet, there has been very little systematic research about how these plants are used. A cross-cultural study of the use of famine foods by many communities, from hunter-gathers of southern Africa to the Siege of Leningrad and including the North American Southwest, documents how these plants are used. Knowledge of famine foods may well have value in helping humanity feed itself in the future.






Dr. Paul Minnis




Paul E. Minnis (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma now living in Tucson, Arizona, where he is a Visiting Scholar at the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He conducts research on the prehispanic ethnobotany and archaeology of the northwest Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. He is the author or editor of 14 books and numerous articles.  His most recent book, published in 2021 by the University of Arizona Press, is titled “Famine Foods: Foods We Eat To Survive.”


The zoom link for the meeting will be sent to the eblast mailing list on Monday, September 6, 2021.  The meeting will open at 6:45 pm to allow socializing before our speaker begins.

For a list of credits and links to information about Botanical Art and Illustration, click HERE!

Recipes from December’s Deserts Libations Program –  CLICK HERE.


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Sonoran Desert Plants: Seasonal Flowering Schedules – Based on 20 years of data from 1966-1985 by William G. McGinnies

Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Lyn Loveless President lyndloveless@gmail.com
Jack Dash Vice President pjdash23@gmail.com
Jackie Taylor Treasurer jackieot@cox.net

Volunteering Opportunities

Want to get involved? We've got just the thing!

Do you like native plants?

Caring for agave and baby cacti? Consider volunteer opportunities at the Pima County Native Plant Nursery! Located at 5845 N. Camino de la Tierra, the Pima County Native Plant Nursery grows native plants for public projects and is looking for volunteers to help with weeding, watering and propagation. The nursery is open Monday to Friday 7:00am to 3:30 pm. Email Andrew.Hatch@pima.gov for available times/days and details. Plant salvage at Cortaro Farms from Camino Del Oeste to Thornydate prior to road improvement project.


Chapter News

Tucson Chapter PICNIC and PLANT RAMBLE! Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 am

Posted on Sep 02, 2021

After a long period of virtual-only meetings, let’s have an outdoor get-together!  Join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021, for a “bring your own everything” picnic and plant ramble at 11:00 am at the Molino Basin Campground and picnic area about 6 miles up on the Catalina Highway in the Coronado National Forest.  We can meet and chat in the relative safety of the outdoors, and after lunch, several members will lead short plant walks in the vicinity. 

In the spirit of COVID, we will provide exactly NOTHING.  You will need to bring your own lunch, beverage, and chair or stool or blanket. Bring a hat, water, sunglasses and sunscreen, and anything else you will need. Depending on the size of the group, we may cluster around a picnic table or two, or we may just gather near the parking lot.  But for those of us who are vaccinated and feel comfortable with such a gathering, we hope to see you there. We are especially looking forward to meeting any new members of our chapter who have not yet been able to attend any events in person! However, please be prepared to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Dr. Michael Crimmins discussing drought and climate change in Arizona

Posted on Jul 13, 2021

This was from the May meeting of the Tucson Chapter.


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