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Welcome to the Cactus and Succulent Society of South Australia Website.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of South Australia is a dedicated group of South Australians interested in the fascinating range of flora from which we take our name.

Our membership boasts a dedicated and friendly group of people of all ages whom meet monthly to share knowledge, socialise and generally have a good time.

Our membership base is steadily growing and we always welcome visitors and new members who share an interest in Cacti and Succulents.

Enjoy your time on our website and remember to keep up to date with coming events and news.

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The Cactus and Succulent Society of SA meet monthly on the 3rd Friday of the month. 

Refer to meeting details for what's on each month. 


SUCCULENTICON 2022 presents



Jakub Jilemicky graduated in International Territorial Studies, majoring in tourism. His Diploma work was about specifics of South African tourism which led to his interest in the study of Haworthia, Gasteria, Astroloba and Conophytum, in which field he has been involved for more than 25 years.

Jakub spent more than 2 years in field expeditions in South Africa in total and visits the country regularly.  He has travelled other southern African countries - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, mostly as a tourist guide. He has a well known web site - , which is dedicated to the  genera Haworthia, Astroloba and Gasteria.As a speaker, Jakub has held talks in the UK for BCSS and Haworthia Society, in China for Chinese Cactus and Succulent Society and in many other EU countries. His field photographs were used in several publications and journals (for example Robin Frandsen’s Succulents of Southern Africa), currently supplying photos for Ernst van Jaarsveld’s new Gasteria book.Jakub has built up one of the largest Haworthia collection of plants with locality data, with more than 2500 species and localities.



The Best from Haworthias in the Eastern Cape.

This topic is divided into 2 talks. I will bring you on a journey from Baviaanskloof in the West up to Umtata in the East, showing the richness of succulents growing there. And because I like Haworthias, you will see most of them!!! But no worries, a lot of photos of other plants from different genera are included.



Haworthia cooperi v. venusta 



Haworthiopsis bruynsii


Namaqualand and Richtersveld.

The best from my 5 journeys to this beautiful and wild part of Africa




SUCCULENTICON 2022 presents


Joel Load

About Joel:

"The New Taxonomy of Cactaceae and its implications"

A definitely modern, pedagogical and, above all, very personal way of presenting the new taxonomy of the Cactaceae and its implications is what this very different lecture proposes in its concept and its presentation, unexpected even for a subject nevertheless serious: the classification of cacti, the new DNA data, but also the secrets of a prickly world that deserves many surprises. UPDATED.

"In Search of the Phoenix, Adventures in Yemen and Socotra".

The archipelago of Socotra is also named the "Galapagos of the Ocean Indian", with regard to the exceptional endemism of its fauna and its flora.

This lecture presents the synthesis of seven botanical missions led by the University of Murcia, Spain, and allows to discover, after a short stay in Yemen, almost all the succulent flora (and other plants), as well as part of the wildlife which populates the island of Socotra.

A visit to the most representative places in Socotra shows botanical treasures: Ras Hebak, Qalansyah, Mayha, Tahour, Dixam, Hamaderoh, Homhil, Wadi Ayhaft, Wadi Derhour, Jabal Buzairi, Jabal Mtoloh, Hagghier Mts, etc. New discoveries are done.

Joël Lodé is also author of a book: Succulent Plants of Socotra, 2010.

"Succulent Plants of the Canary Islands"