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Little shop of succulents

Green thumb
Wendell “Woody” Minnich, with columnar cactuses from Brazil’s Minas Gerias region, travels the world to talk about and collect rare cactuses and succulents. He also sells many of the plants he keeps in his backyard greenhouses and arbors. (Al Seib / LAT)
Desert rose
The succulent Adenium obseum is one of Minnich’s many species in his 10,000-square-foot collection. (Al Seib / LAT)
In bloom
Flowers from the cactus Ariocarpus fissuratus bloom in Minnich’s backyard. They are able to flourish in Southern California’s arid climate as the plants require little water. (Al Seib / LAT)
Cactus corral
Minnich’s nursery features the largest documented collection of the genus Mammillaria, including M. magnifica, in the background, and M. parkinsonii, foreground. (Al Seib / LAT)