Wolfgang Borgmann:  Succulents of the Canary Islands

Wolfgang Borgmann
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The Canary Islands consist of 8 volcanic islands and some uninhabited rocks, located just over 60 miles off the Western African coast. They are often referred to as the “Galapagos Islands of Botany” because of the large number of endemic plants that have adapted to the surprisingly divers ecological niches that exist on this limited area. With about 100 species, especially of the Crassulaceae, but also of the Euphorbiaceae, Apocynaceae, and Aizoaceae families, succulent plants make up an important part of this endemism. For this talk Wolfgang has made a personal selection of the most impressive succulent plants and their habitats, covering all islands and all relevant vegetation zones. 

Who is Wolfgang Bergmann?

After completing his degree in biology, his professional life focused mainly on the organization of environmental, energy, health and safety management systems in an industrial context. In his spare time, he pursues his botanical interests in native plants as well as in cacti and succulents;  the latter in a small collection, and generally through photography.

Wolfgang discovered the Canary Islands more than 30 years ago as an ideal destination for himself: In a relatively small area, there are extremely varied landscapes with highly interesting flora, beautiful historical places, simple, but good cuisine. To date, he has been to the Canaries 14 times and  has visited all 8 islands of the archipelago.

He is a frequent speaker for German Cactus Society local branches and has written a special publication on the Canarian succulents with Thomas Brand. Wolfgang and and Elisabeth Sarnes are the German representatives for the European Countries Conference (ELK), the largest sale of cacti & succulents in Europe.

Various cactus and succulents in a long image form
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