August 25, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Featured Speaker: Duke Benadom | “The Serengeti”
Duke has been involved with several cactus & succulent clubs and is a life member of three. He became a Director for the Cactus & Succulent Society of America (CSSA) in 1990, served as the CSSA’s Show Chairman for more than a decade, and as Convention Chairman for six conventions. He served as Vice President and then President for a total of almost ten years, and as Editor of the Cactus & Succulent Journal for just over a year. He is a recipient of three CSSA awards, Superior Service, Special Service, and Fellow. He was the author of the long-running CSJ column, Superb Succulents, since its inception. He enjoys flora and fauna, seed growing, traveling, photography, and sharing these experiences with others of similar interests.
Gymnocalycium, Crassula are the mini show plants
Gymnocalycium is a genus of South American cactus with about 70 species. Most species have strongly tuberculate ribs, giving this cactus the common name Chin Cactus. Another distinguishing characteristic of the genus is the naked flower bud, there are no hair or spines on the developing flower bud, only scales. Most species in the genus are easy to grow, stay small, and flower freely, making them a great addition to a cactus collection.
Crassula is a diverse genus of plants containing more than 200 species, many of which are succulent, and desirable to have in a succulent collection. One of the most recognizable succulent plants, the Jade plant, Crassula ovata, is a member of this genus. Many of the species we grow for the form of the plant rather than the flowers, but there are exceptions, such as Crassula falcata which has a beautiful bright red inflorescence as well as an interesting form, and Crassula ‘Springtime’, which has a nice pink inflorescence.