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Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
Meeting in the San Fernando Valley.
Come and Visit (when our meetings resume)

Welcome to the website of the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. Our more than  200 members come from throughout the southland and share a passion for cacti and succulents. Throughout the history of LACSS, many of the most prominent researchers, authors, and collectors of the succulent world have been leaders and members of our society. 

Doors open at 6:15 for our monthly meetings including the Social Hour, Ask an Expert, and much more. The business meeting starts promptly at 7:20. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Each new visitor receives a free plant!  We hope to see you at a meeting soon!
Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society (LACSS) cultivates the study and enjoyment of cacti and succulent plants through educational programs and activities that promote the hobby within a community of fellow enthusiasts and among the greater public.

LACSS Meetings are first Thursday of the Month 

  October Meeting will be held on-line via zoom

Thursday Oct 1 at 6:30pm  

Please watch your email for more information!

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South Africa's Namaqualand
by Steve Frieze

When Phyllis (my wife) and I decided we wanted to visit South Africa another time we reached out to Rob Skillin, a horticulturist located in the San Luis Obispo area, and he suggested contacting Karel du Toit as a possible guide. Karel as it turns out, is a member of the South African Police force and a former professional rugby player who now is a devoted naturalist who regularly studies the flora of an area in South Africa known as Namaqualand. After conversing with us for a period of time he built a flexible schedule that enable Phyllis and I to explore and experience the thriving flora of this geographical area. We were introduced to a variety of different succulents – some very small (mesembs) and some very large (Aloe pilansii) that were captivating even thought this are of South Africa has been in drought conditions for several years. We had the extraordinary opportunity to spend almost three weeks traveling north from Cape Town to Springbok seeking out some of the most exotic plants found anywhere on earth. In addition to the plants. we were treated to many different aspects of the South African culture that enabled us to even more appreciate this unique and strange ecosystem. Karel’s familiarity and access to locations made the trip even more fulfilling.   

 BIO Steven Frieze has been involved with collection, sales and propagation of cacti and succulents for over thirty years. He is a lifetime member of the Los Angeles Cacti and Succulent Society where he served as the President of this club for a number of years and as its newsletter editor for several more. Steven was one of the founding owners Desert Creations, an exotic cactus and succulent nursery. Steven has made several plant related expeditions to exotic locals such as Chile, East Africa, South Africa, Oaxaca Mexico, Cost Rica, and Brazil. He and his wife have now created Distinctive Flora, a new plant business that will specialize in exotic plants such as tillandsias, bromeliads, cactus and succulents.  

Prior to his retirement in 2006, Steven was an Administrator for the California State University system serving in a variety of capacities in the area of institutional research. Subsequent to his retirement he has joined the Psychology Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills as an adjunct faculty member where he still teaches. He also functions as the Director of the Positive Psychology Lab at the same institution where students get the opportunity to design and execute psychological research studies.
Members Info
Needs password
Special Events, By-Laws, etc
Plant of the Month
Plants of the Month October 2020

Cactus - Ferocactus & Leuchtenbergia

Succulent - Dorstenia & Ficus
 In my yard
Special Page 
Gardens Worth Visiting
(under construction)
Cactus Chronicle & Plant of the Month Archive
with links to 
past Chronicle issues and POM Library
Current and complete list of all books in our library!
CLICK HERE for library list.

Library items are available to all members in good standing at the meetings.
While the world endures the Covid-19 pandemic, please 
take care of yourselves, take care of your plants,
 and remember that spending time in your garden can provide some much needed tranquility.
For link to fun & informative CSSA presentations from 2015 & 2017 conventions
click on Members Info link below
When that first tiny bump appears, it is a sign of success in starting a new plant from the leaf of an existing plant.
May 15 starting a new plant               making progress June 24                 Aug 17 doing great
When that first tiny bump gets bigger, and growth happens in a second place, it's wonderful!
Aloe microstigma
Euphorbia caput-medusea