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The CSSA Field Trips Program organizes annual members-only tours to native habitats of cacti and other succulents. There are two separate field trips programs. The Convention Series consists of pre- and post-convention trips within the United States and Mexico and are planned to coincide with our biennial conventions (in odd-numbered years). The Tour 2000 Series has lengthier trips to far-flung localities in South America and Africa, these in even-numbered years. Succulent plants are fantastic creations of nature, and fortunately they lend themselves to container cultivation, so anyone with a sunny windowsill or patio can appreciate them at home. But an even greater thrill is to see the plants growing in their native habitats, which can be as variable, exotic and fascinating as the plants themselves.

Copiapoa dealbata is one of the more impressive mound-formers in the genus. CSSA Tour 2002 – Chile. Photo D. Mahr.

Copiapoa dealbata is one of the more impressive mound-formers in the genus. CSSA Tour 2002
– Chile. Photo D. Mahr.

Pachypodium gracilius at Isalo, CSSA Tour 2004 – Madagascar. Photo D. Mahr.

Pachypodium gracilius at Isalo, CSSA Tour 2004
– Madagascar. Photo D. Mahr.

Micranthocereus auriazureus near Grão Mogol in the state of Minas Gerais, CSSA Tour 2008 –Northeastern Brazil. Photo D. Mahr.

Micranthocereus auriazureus near Grão Mogol in the state of Minas Gerais, CSSA Tour 2008
– Northeastern Brazil. Photo D. Mahr.

 

A forest of Cephalocereus columna-trajani southwest of Tehuacan, Mexico, CSSA Tour 2010 – Oaxaca. Photo D. Mahr.

A forest of Cephalocereus columna-trajani southwest of Tehuacan, Mexico, CSSA Tour 2010
– Oaxaca. Photo D. Mahr.

 

Cyphostemma uter near Sesfontein, Namibia. CSSA deTour 2004 – Namibia and the Richtersveld. Photo D. Mahr.

Cyphostemma uter near Sesfontein, Namibia. CSSA deTour 2004
– Namibia and the Richtersveld. Photo D. Mahr.

Ferocactus gracilis ssp. gracilis at Cataviña, Baja California. CSSA convention tour, 2007. Photo

Ferocactus gracilis ssp. gracilis at Cataviña, Baja California. CSSA convention tour, 2007. Photo

 

The following upcoming trips are planned or under consideration:

  • 2015 — Central Mexico (pre-convention trip). June 2-14 (approximate).
  • 2015 — Joshua trees & one-armed-bandits: Las Vegas & the succulents of the Mojave Desert (post-convention trip). June 20-25 (approximate).
  • 2016 — Peru
  • 2018 — Madagascar
  • Also under consideration: South Africa, Tanzania, Bolivia, Brazil.

Additional information about CSSA field trips can be found in the FAQs section.


 

Past CSSA trips:

 

  • Tour 2000 Series
  • 2000: Big Bend,Texas
  • 2002: Namibia and the Richtersveld of South Africa
  • 2004: Madagascar
  • 2004: Chile
  • 2006: Southern Kenya
  • 2008: Northeastern Brazil
  • 2010: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 2012: Northwestern Argentina
  • 2014: Canary Islands.

 

  • Convention Series
  • 2001: Anza Borrego and Joshua Tree
  • 2005: Four Corners Area
  • 2007: Baja California, Mexico
  • 2009: Sonora, Mexico
  • 2013: Big Bend, Texas

 

Aloe secundiflora south of Nairobi. CSSA Tour 2006 – Kenya. Photo D. Mahr.

Aloe secundiflora south of Nairobi. CSSA Tour 2006 – Kenya. Photo D. Mahr.

Avonia papyracea ssp. namaensis is representative of the great diversity of miniature succulents from many families in the Richtersveld of South Africa. CSSA deTour 2002 – Namibia and the  Richtersveld. Photo D. Mahr.

Avonia papyracea ssp. namaensis is representative of the great diversity of miniature
succulents from many families in the Richtersveld of South Africa. CSSA deTour 2002 – Namibia and the
Richtersveld. Photo D. Mahr.

Echinocereus ×roetteri (=coccineus, guerneyi) along the Emory Peak Trail in the Chisos Mountains of southern Texas. CSSA Tour 2000 – Big Bend. Photo D. Mahr.

Echinocereus ×roetteri (=coccineus, guerneyi) along the Emory Peak Trail in the Chisos
Mountains of southern Texas. CSSA Tour 2000 – Big Bend. Photo D. Mahr.

 

The high elevation form of Echinopsis atacamensis ssp. pasacana at 9,600 ft in the Argentine Andes. CSSA Tour 2012 – Northwest Argentina. Photo D. Mahr.

The high elevation form of Echinopsis atacamensis ssp. pasacana at 9,600 ft in the Argentine
Andes. CSSA Tour 2012 – Northwest Argentina. Photo D. Mahr.


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