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Succulent Plants of South Africa’s Western Cape - Livestream

Fred Dortort

Join Fred Dortort, author of The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World, on a photographic virtual tour of his many trips to South Africa documenting unusual, spectacular, and increasingly, endangered succulent plants. Over the past twenty-plus years, Fred has had the opportunity to visit some rarely travelled regions, in the company of highly knowledgeable people, and is looking forward to sharing some of the sights and plants he’s seen with more succulent enthusiasts.

For this online presentation, he’ll be focusing on plants from the Western Cape regions of South Africa, covering the Little (Klein) Karoo, the Tankwa Karoo, parts of Namakwaland and the Knerverslakte quartzfields, along with some other adjacent, succulent-rich areas. Many of the succulents that grow here specialize in very odd habitats, some of which extend for miles and others for only a few square feet.

This program will also feature a number of photos from earlier trips, made in the South African winter and early spring, when some of the same plants are at their growing peak. The contrast may be quite enlightening for those of us who strive to grow some of these choice, often dwarf, species.

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Wednesday, 03/15/23


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