Mission Statement: The Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society, an affiliate of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America, was founded in 1935 to further the enjoyment & disseminate information about cacti & succulents.  .
March1, 2012 Program

“The American Southwest”
Presented by Woody Minnich

LACSS meeting begin at 7:00 PM . 
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at  6:45 and not before.
 
Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich 
 
Woody, as he is commonly called, has been in the cactus hobby for some 41 years and has become well known for his participation in many of the cactus and succulent clubs. He is an honorary life member of seven clubs as well as a life member of CSSA (Cactus & Succulent Society of America.) He has served in almost all positions of leadership from president, to newsletter editor, to show chairman and so on. He is also known for his extensive field work studying primarily the cactus family. He has traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Africa, Yemen and Socotra. From these trips he has developed an extensive knowledge of the cactus family as well as many of the other succulent genera.

Nowhere in the world is there a more dynamic and picturesque region than that of the Ameri-can southwest. This romantic and historical part of the USA is marked with drama from its indigenous peoples and landscapes, to its grandest plants and creatures. For the purpose of this title we are includ-ing the seven most cactus and succulent rich states; Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mex-ico, Texas and Utah.

This presentation, The Great American Southwest, is an epic story and view of this magic land. Many people from all over the world have been attracted this special region, and for me, I will be sharing over 40 years of my field work in this most incredible part of our country.


March Plants of the Month
Cacti: Variegates
Succulents: Variegates
 
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Glossary

This page spells out abbreviations, explains terms, acts as a thesaurus, etc.
for words, phrases, acronyms related to the enjoyment of cacti and succulents.
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areole - small usually rounded bumps on cacti.  Clusters of spines grow from these structures.
              They are a defining characteristic of cactus plants.  (also from Wikipedia)

cacti - plural of cactus

CSSA - Cactus and Succulent Society of America.  National umbrella organization of which
              LACSS is a local chapter.

cv. - cultivar.  Used occasionally now, but not as often as in past years.

dormant - plant is alive but not actively growing.

etiolate - (eh-tee-o-layt)  to become pale and/or stretch out, altering the natural form of a green
                 plant by reducing or eliminating sunlight.  Example: my succulent has become
                 etiolated stretching to reach more sunlight.

glochids - tiny but sharp spines that are painful/annoying when stuck in your skin.  Defined by
                 Wikipedia as hair-like spines, generally barbed, found on the areoles of Opuntiod
                 cacti.  Difficult to remove from skin or clothing because of the barbs.

The HUNTINGTON - The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, a 501(c)(3)
                     non-profit, is a collections-based research and educational institution serving
                     scholars and the general public. Henry & Arabella Huntington drafted the trust
                     document in 1919 that would transform their private estate into an institution for
                     the "advancement of learning, the arts and sciences, and promote the public
                     welfare." Opened in 1928 in San Marino, just 12 miles from downtown Los
                     Angeles.  At 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108  and huntington.org

inflorescence - the complete flower head of a plant including stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers.
                        example:"My aloe sent up an inflorescence with orange/red flowers."

The Journal - the Journal of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.  
                      A regular publication by the CSSA.

LACSS - Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society

overpotted - pot is too large for size of the plant.

POM - Plant of the Month.  Competition at each LACSS meeting for a succulent and a cactus
             as listed in the Cactus Chronicle newsletter and this website.

San Gabriel - usually refers to San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society (SGVCSS),
                     another local chapter of cactus and succulent enthusiasts.

sp. - species

ssp. - subspecies

top dressing - extra usually tiny/small size pebbles, glass, pumice, or other type of material put
                     directly on top of soil or soil mixture of potted plants to enhance appearance. Also
                     can conserve moisture in soil and keep out weeds, etc.

underpotted - plant is too big for size of pot.

var. - variety

variegated - exhibiting different colors as irregular areas or streaks.

winter or summer growers - these genera actively grow only during the season indicated by
                                              their description as either 'winter' or 'summer' growers.  For a list
                                                 of genera in each category, click on Advice link at top of page.

x - cross.  Indicates a hybrid plant.
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