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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!

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 Meeting first Thursday of the Month - Doors open 6:15pm

  Next General Meeting is Thursday, February 6, 2020 
xxxxONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Centerxxx
18255 Victory BLVD., RESEDA,  CA, 91335
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                                        February  presentation 

                       The Genus Haworthiopsis
                               by Sean Dean Gildenhuys

Members Info
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Special Events, By-Laws, etc
Plant of the Month
February 2020 - Plants of the Month

Cactus - Turbinicarpus & Gymnocactus

Succulent - Tylecodon
                                                        In my yard
Special Page 
Gardens Worth Visiting
(under construction)
Cactus Chronicle & Plant of the Month Archive
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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.
a new Mamillaria celsina 
in a hypertufa pot.

A very healthy plant with several pups
and lots of room to grow.

Hypertufa is completely porous so it is very difficult to overwater a plant.
The genus Haworthiopsis was established by Gordon Rowley (2013) to accommodate the species formerly classified under the subgenus Hexangulares of the genus Haworthia. There are 18 species and 25 varieties and forms that are recognised. Its distribution is centred in South Africa and is near-endemic to this country where it occurs in most of the provinces, excluding Gauteng. The epicentre for the species in the genus is in the Eastern Cape. Species in this genus are popular among taxonomists, collectors and growers, with some species like H. attenuata and H. limifolia that are grown commercially in large numbers.

Born in October 1983 (Pretoria) and grew up in the town Mbombela (previously Nelspruit), situated in the north-eastern part of the country. It is here in my childhood that I developed a keen interest in plants and nature as a whole. In 2002 I returned to Pretoria where I studied horticulture and got my degree. I have been involved with the Succulent Society of South Africa and has been involved with Gariep Plants and Kambroo Plants nurseries for the past 14 years. I have a wide interest in plants ranging from succulents to tropical plants, but grow mainly succulent plants for the local and export market. Botanically I am interested in members of the Aloaceae family and has given several presentations on the subject in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Germany. I have also published several articles these plants and other succulent plants topics.