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If you’re passionate about a plant genus or family, you may already belong to one of the many societies devoted to the study, cultivation, and exchange of rare and beautiful specimen. If you simply appreciate what you’ve seen, you may want to join the local chapter which typically has workshops, tours, and other events that may help you in understanding how to control pests and diseases, or how to propagate, or where to go for more information on the history of the plant hunters, horticulturists, and collectors who have helped bring us these beauties.

Each of the plant societies listed on these pages are national or international organizations. The geographic area covered by their local chapters is necessarily quite large when the overall membership is small, so don’t hesitate to contact a local chapter that isn’t very “local”. On the other hand local chapters of such popular societies as bonsai, camellias, cactus & succulents, roses, and orchids are found in nearly every community. And remember, although many chapters have computer-savvy members who’ve put up excellent Web sites, many other chapters can only be contacted by mail or telephone.

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Plant collector societies
   Algae and seaweed societies

Phycologia   ......................................

   Aroid societies

Araceae family, most notably Amorphophallus   ......................................

   Bamboo societies

Phyllostachys, Bambusa, Semiarundinaria, Fargesia, and more ...   ......................................

   Bromeliad societies

Bromeliaceae family (most famous is pineapple)   ......................................

   Mosses and liverworts societies

Bryophyta   ......................................

   Cactus and succulent societies

Adenium, Aloe, Asclepiadaceae, Echinocereus, Epiphyllum, Euphorbia, Haworthia, Mammillaria, Mesembryanthemaceae, Optunia, Sansevieria, Stepeliad,  Tephrocactus, and more ...   ......................................

   Camellia societies

Camellia   ......................................

   Chestnut societies

Castanea   ......................................

   Chrysanthemum societies

Chrysanthemum   ......................................

   Clematis societies

Clematis   ......................................

   Conifer societies

Abies, Arborvitae, Cathaya, Cedrus, Chamaecyparis, Cupressus, Juniperus, Picea, Taxus, Tsuga (bearing cones)   ......................................

   Cycad and palm societies

Cycas, Ceratozamia, Chamaedorea, Dioon, Encephalartos, Livistona, Palmarum, Zamia   ......................................

   Cyclamen societies

Cyclamen   ......................................

   Daffodil societies

Narcissus   ......................................

   Dahlia societies

Dahlia   ......................................

   Daylily societies

Hemerocallus   ......................................

   Epiphyte and phyllocactus societies

Nopalxochia, Heliocereus, and more ...
(With flowers blooming directly on the leaf)   ......................................

   Fern societies

Pteridaceae   ......................................

   Fuchsia societies

Fuchsia   ......................................

   Geranium societies

Pelargoniums, Erodiums, Sarcocaulon and Monsonia   ......................................

   Gladiolus societies

Gladiolus   ......................................

   Gloxinia and Gesneriad society

Aeschynanthus, Episcia, Gesneria, Gloxinia, Nematanthus, Streptocarpus   ......................................

   Heather societies

Andromeda, Calluna, Daboecia and Erica.   ......................................

   Hibiscus societies

Hibiscus   ......................................

   Holly societies

Ilex   ......................................

   Hosta societies

Hosta   ......................................

   Hoya societies

Asclepiadaceae family (milkweeds)   ......................................

   Ivy societies

Hedera   ......................................

   Iris societies

Iris   ......................................

   Lilac societies

Syringa   ......................................

   Lily societies

Lilium   ......................................

   Magnolia societies

Magnolia   ......................................

   Orchid societies

Cymbidium, Pleurothallid, and more...   ......................................

   Peony societies

Paeonia   ......................................

   Plumeria societies

Plumeria, Frangipani   ......................................

   Potentilla societies

Potentilla   ......................................

   Primrose societies

Primula   ......................................

   Rose societies

Rosa   ......................................

   Rhododendron societies

Rhododendron   ......................................

   Saxifrage societies

Saxifraga   ......................................

   Sedum societies

Sedum, Rhodiola, Hylotelephium, Rosularia, Orostachys, Mucizonia and Sinocrassula   ......................................

   Violet societies

Viola   ......................................

   Water lily societies

Nymphaea   ......................................

Last reviewed October 31, 2004   

 

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