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Ayers Hall, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia









March Program
The Richtersveld – Klein Karoo to the Great Karoo”
presented by Woody Minnich

No where in the world is there a more floristic region than that of South Africa. The diversity of plants, from the monocots to the dicots, is just fantastic. From the bulbs and grasses to the abundant succulents, never is there a time when flowers aren’t present . Besides the great wealth of very specialized and often endemic succulent plants, there is also a wonderful array of curious animals. The lizards, snakes and tortoises are first to grab your attention, while the often secretive mammals range from the small meerkats, to the rambunctious baboons and numerous large herbivores. No matter how many trips one makes to these areas, finding something intriguing and beautiful is always easy!

The region of South Africa, from Uniondale to Oudtshoorn, to Ladismith, to Montagu, is commonly called the Klein Karoo. From this region south and west, one travels through the Little Karoo and the Great Karoo. Heading north you eventually merge into the southern reaches of the well known Richtersveld, it is here we will conclude our presentation near the peaceful little town of Springbok. Needless to say, the richness of plants and animals from this area is far greater than one presentation can show.


Woody Minnich

Thus, a second part to this South African adventure (part 2) will cover the Richtersveld and north to the Orange River, the famous land of the Nama people.” Namaqualand, Land of the Halfmens”.

In South Africa, the sheer number of succulent plants is astounding and the niches they inhabit are most unique and fascinating. Some of the genera we will see from this expedition include: Aloe, Avonia, Anacampseros, Conophytum, Crassula, Cotyledon, Dioscorea, Gibbeaum, Glottiphyllum, Haworthia, Larryleachia, Lithops, Monsonia, Pachypodium, Pelargonium, Quaqua, Senecio, Stapelia, Tylecodon as well as, many other seldom seen or rare genera. The non succulent plants are also a feature of this area, ranging from the numerous bulbs to the breath taking Proteas. As is often the case, the time of the year can make an incredible difference in the way plants appear, thus modifying their color, size and shape. We made this trip in South Africa’s winter – spring, August 2008. The colors created by the stress of winter were often spectacular, and it’s amazing the number of plants that choose to produce their beautiful flowers during this season.

Woody, as he is commonly called, has been in the cactus hobby for some 45 years and has become well known for his participation in many of the cactus and succulent clubs. He is known for his extensive field work studying primarily the cactus family. He has traveled throughout Africa, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Socotra, the United States and Yemen

Woody is also known for his many presentations. His photography is considered to be special and his commentary very entertaining and educational. He is a recognized international speaker and has spoken for plant conventions - organizations all over the USA, as well as in England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Mexico. Woody has also authored a number of articles for various newsletters, the CSSA journal and his photographs are well published.

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Plant of the Month:

Cactus:
Opuntioideae
Succulent:
Haworthia


T
he C&S Workshop meets Wednesday, March 18th in the Palm Room,
Los Angeles County Arboretum at 7:30 pm.

March C&S WorkshopTopic: Haworthia
And don’t forget – there is always an informal raffle; everyone takes home a plant or plant cuttings.
Hope to see you there.


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 Southern California Resources
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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CACTUS AND SUCCULENT UPCOMING EVENTS - 2015
   
FEB. 14
SAN DIEGO CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY, SPRING SHOW AND SALE
BALBOA PARK, ROOM 101, SAN DIEGO, CA—INFO 858-382-1797
 MAR.  27-29  
ORANGE COUNTY CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SPRING SHOW AND          
SALE.  FRI. AND SAT. MAR. 27-28 9-5PM SUN. MAR. 29TH 12-4PM 
1000 S. STATE COLLEGE BL., (ANAHEIM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH) ANAHEIM, CA
INFORMATION CALL 562-587-3357
APR. 11-12    
SOUTH COAST CACTUS AN SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW & SALE
SOUTH COAST BOTANIC GARDEN, 26300 CRENSHAW BLVD.,
PALOS VERDES, CA   INFO: 310-378-1953 HTTP://WWW.SOUTHCOASTCSS.ORG
       
APR.  26    
HUNTINGTON PLANT SALE   10 TO 5    HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 OXFORD ROAD, SAN MARINO, CA. 626-405-2160
MAY 3
SOUTH BAY EPIPHYLLUM SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE---9AM TO 4PM
SOUTH COAST BOTANICAL GARDENS
INFORMATION CALL-310-833-6823
MAY  2-3    
SUNSET CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE
VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER, GARDEN ROOM
4117 OVERLAND AVE., CULVER CITY, CA. INFO.  310-822-1783
MAY 9-10    
LONG BEACH CACTUS CLUB PLANT SHOW AND SALE  10AM-5PM
RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS,6400 BIXBY HILL ROAD, LONG BEACH
 FOR INFO. CALL 310-922-6090—WWW.LBCSS.ORG
MAY 15-16    
GATES CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY 34TH SHOW AND SALE  
FRI & SAT  9-4:30 PM, AT LAND SCAPES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE   
450 E. ALESSANDRO BLVD., RIVERSIDE, CA    INFO.   951-360-8802
MAY  23-24   
CENTRAL COAST CASTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY
ANNUAL SHOW & SALE (10-4PM), LUDWICK CENTER, 864 SANTA ROSA
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – INFO. 805-237-2054, WWW.CENTRALCOASTCACTUS.ORG
MAY  30-31   
LOS ANGELES CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY  
PLANT SHOW AND SALE 30TH  9-5, 31ST  9-3:30
SEPULVEDA GARDEN CENTER, 16633 MAGNOLIA BLVD.
ENCINO, CA   INFO. WWW.LACSS-SHOW.COM
JUNE  6-7       
SAN DIEGO CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY –SUMMER SHOW AND SALE
BALBOA PARK, ROOM 101, SAN DIEGO, CA.  INFO: 858-382-1797
JUNE 14-19    
CSSA BIENNAL CONVENTION, PITZER COLLEGE, CLAREMONT, CA HTTP://WWW.CSSAINC.ORG
JUNE  26-28  
CSSA ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE –HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 OXFORD ROAD, SAN MARINO, CA.
626-405-2160 OR 2277   PLANTS SALES START JUNE 26TH THRU JUNE 28TH
THE SHOW OPENS ON THE JUNE 27TH THRU JUNE 28TH  
  
 JULY 24-26  
ORANGE COUNTY CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SUMMER SHOW AND          
SALE.  FRI. JULY 24TH 9AM-5PM, SAT JULY 25TH 9AM-5PM, SUN 26TH 12-4PM 
 1000 S. STATE COLLEGE BL., (ANAHEIM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH) ANAHEIM, CA
 INFORMATION CALL 949-212-8417
AUG. 8-9       
30TH ANNUAL INTERCITY SHOW AND SALE AT THE LA COUNTY ARBORETUM,
9AM-5PM DAILY. 301 NO. BALDWIN AVE., ARCADIA, CA.                             
INFO. CALL TOM GLAVICH  626-798-2430 OR JOHN MATTHEWS  661-714-1052
SEPT. 5   
HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS SUCCULENT SYMPOSIUM
ALL DAY AT THE HUNTINGTON
 SEPT. 6    
LONG BEACH CACTUS CLUB ANNUAL PLANT AUCTION -12-5PM
RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, 6400 BIXBY HILL ROAD, LONG BEACH, CA 90615
 INFO: 310-922-6090
OCT. 24-25      
PALOMAR SHOW AND SALE   SAT 9-5, SUN 10-4, SAN DIEGO BONTAIC GARDENS
230 QUAIL GARDENS RD, ENCINITAS…
INFO HCISERVICES@GMAIL.COM.    858-382-1797
NOV. 7-8   
SAN GABRIEL CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY 9AM-4PM BOTH DAYS
 SHOW AND SALE---LA COUNTY ARBORETUM ADDRESS ABOVE
 
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