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I am determined that the Society will support Cactus and Succulent lovers all over the world during this difficult time and we welcome members and non-members to attend. These meetings are a showcase to what the hobby is about and we welcome absolute beginners through to the more experienced amongst us. We have a Zoom licence for 500 participants and currently have almost 300 attending so we have more space for visitors (if necessary, we could extend this to 1000 participants).

The talks are scheduled to last about an hour but I have added extra time at the end to allow for any over run and also to give you an opportunity to tell me how you would like me to move the Society forward.

 
 

CactusWorld LIVE – Online Talks October

The BCSS continues with the weekly online talks and this month we again have a fantastic line-up of speakers to educate and entertain us with various aspects of our wonderful hobby. I do hope that you can attend and if you have time please stay on after the talk for the usual informal chat which helps me understand what you want from the BCSS in the future. Please contact me, Ian Thwaites, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you would like to offer to give future talks or are able to recommend any top-class speakers.

The meetings are open to all so please spread the word and encourage more members (and anyone else) to join in. These talks are NOT recorded and many of the lectures are one off ‘specials’ so there will not be another chance to experience the talk.


Topic: Terry Smale - Eponyms - people and plants named for them 
Date and time: Tuesday 6 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
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Terry will introduce us to some southern African succulents that have names of botanists and plant hunters commemorated in their names. The people discussed will range chronologically from Francis Masson and the plants he found in the late 18th century through to the present day and botanists such as Ernst van Jaarsveld who is still very active in the field and has introduced many new plants into our collections.


Topic: Milan Kurka - Mediolobivias in habitat
Date and time: Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 831 3826 9601
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This talk takes us to the dirt roads of the Andes in northern Argentina to visit mediolobivias in habitat. Most plants in habitat are juvenile due to predation by grazing animals. Cultivated material from seed of the populations visited is sometimes the only way to identify which species we have seen.


Topic: Antun Perkovic - Grafting seedlings

Date and time: Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 832 9859 2930
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Tonight we will have a masterclass on propagation and grafting on Pereskiopsis, but Antun will also mention small offsets (same thing just different!) and briefly go through grafting on Opuntia.


Topic: Mark Dimmitt - Adenium culture and selecting good quality plants

Date and time: Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (GMT)
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Mark Dimmitt has a PhD in biology (herpetology) from the University of California at Riverside after earning an MS from UCLA and a BS from Pomona College. He worked at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum from 1979 to 2011, first as Curator of Botany, and later as Director of Natural History (field ecologist). His areas of research included botany and vertebrate biology, and he is the author of more than 50 scientific and popular publications about ecology and horticulture. Mark’s other and ongoing career is as a plant hybridiser. He spent a couple of decades hybridising Trichocereus (Echinopsis), then Tillandsia and he has introduced about 50 cultivars. Since the late 1970s his main focus has been on hybridising the genus Adenium; ‘Crimson Star’, ‘Evelyn Marie’, and ‘Bouquet’ are among his creations. He is co-author of the book Adenium: Sculptural Elegance, Floral Extravagance (2008). Mark also collects and grows a number of other weird plants, mostly succulents and epiphytes.

Handouts - Adenium comparison tableAdenium culture sheet


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CactusWorld LIVE – Online Talks November

The BCSS continues with the weekly online talks and this month we again have a fantastic line-up of speakers to educate and entertain us with various aspects of our wonderful hobby. I do hope that you can attend and if you have time please stay on after the talk for the usual informal chat which helps me understand what you want from the BCSS in the future. Please contact me, Ian Thwaites, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you would like to offer to give future talks or are able to recommend any top-class speakers.

The meetings are open to all so please spread the word and encourage more members (and anyone else) to join in. These talks are NOT recorded and many of the lectures are one off ‘specials’ so there will not be another chance to experience the talk.


Topic: John Arnold - Melocactus and Discocactus

Time: Tuesday 3rd November, 2020 07:30 PM (GMT)

Meeting ID: 841 8728 2195

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John Arnold

I became interested in succulent plants, mainly cacti, about the age of 8. I joined the National Cactus and Succulent Society, one of the forerunners of the BCSS, in the early 1960s, the American Society in 1964 and the German Society in 1972; I value the connection with other societies. I am a past chairman of the BCSS (7 years in post) and have been a trustee for 30 years or so. I am chairman of the Conservation Committee and organised the two most recent BCSS International Conventions. My main interest is South American cacti like Matucana, Cleistocactus and Borzicactus, although I do have a general interest.

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I had, like many, been drawn to melocactus by seeing the pretty ubiquitous Melocactus matanzanus, a wonderful small species of fairly easy culture, particularly bearing in mind from where it hails. I first put together a talk on this subject in the late 1970s after meeting my good friend David Rushforth at a Chlileans Meeting. It was a time when some plants were coming from habitat which, fortunately, is no longer the case. The presentation is based upon plants in cultivation as I have seen some melocactus in habitat & I have not seen any Discocactus. However, as there is still great interest in this subject I have frequently been asked to give it. I hope, that you will gain some enjoyment from it.



Topic: Alan Rollason - Probably the Best Haworthia Collection in the World

Time: Tuesday 10th November, 2020 7:30 PM (GMT)

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I originally joined the Society back in 1976 after visiting a Birmingham Branch Show held in a school in Yardley, Birmingham one Saturday afternoon. Got talking to the then Secretary Doug Mackie about a very strange looking large plant called ‘’Haworthia truncata’’. I was hooked, was quickly co-opted onto the committee of the Birmingham Branch of the then National Cactus & Succulent Society, the rest as they say is history. Was an early member of the Haworthia Society formed by Allan Akers originally being asked to illustrate the covers of Society News Letter.  Attended both Haworthia Society Conventions held in the Yorkshire Dales (great memories). Plus all of the Haworthia Conventions since. Have been a committee member of the Haworthia Society on and off for many years, recently standing down as Chairman after nine years in office. As you might have guessed my collection extensively consists of Haworthia and Gasteria with a smattering of other succulents. 

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This talk is from a visit I made to South Africa with my very good friend Jakub when we visited Gerhard Marx home and collection.



Topic: Marco Cristini - The Aeoniums of the Canary Islands

Time: Tuesday 17th November, 2020 7:30 PM (GMT)

Meeting ID: 848 9950 7667

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Aeoniums are among the most interesting succulents growing on the Canary Islands. Widespread in almost every habitat, they grow even on roofs and walls and their yellow or white flowers can cover whole hills. A brief overview of a few species and their habitats is the best way to appreciate the variety of shapes and colours in this genus, as well as the beauty of the Canary Islands.

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Marco Cristini is 28 years old and has been growing succulents, above all Crassulaceae, for almost 15 years. He is a member of the editorial board of Piante Grasse, the journal of the Italian Cactus and Succulent Society (AIAS), and has written articles about succulents in Italian, English and German. He has visited all Canary Islands with the exception of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; he is writing a monograph on the genus Aeonium.

Apart from succulents, he has a PhD in Classics (History of Late Antiquity) and now works on a research project funded by the Italian government.



Topic: Guillermo Rivera- ARGENTINA: “An exploratory trip to Northwestern Argentina"

Time: Tuesday 24th November, 2020 7:30 PM (GMT)

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The presentation will cover the habitats of several provinces from central and Northwestern Argentina, from salt flats to high elevation Puna habitats. Gymnocalycium, Echinopsis, Parodia among many others will be well represented, as well as some bromeliads and some wildlife.

This presentation is more than a simply travel log as it addresses the importance of habitat knowledge in order to determine the validity of plant names and the issue “too many names for the same plant”. Diversity and variability of plants in habitat within populations and between populations will be addressed. Importance of habitat knowledge will be discussed and its significance in plant taxonomy.

Guillermo Rivera

Born in Argentina. Owner of PLANT EXPEDITIONS (former South America Nature Tours) a company dedicated to the organization of tours for the last 20 years, throughout South America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador), Mexico and South Africa, Madagascar, and Namibia, with emphasis on plants: bromeliads, orchids, cacti, and other succulents.

Former researcher at the University of Cordoba, Argentina. BS degree in Biology University of Cordoba

MS Marine Biology. Northeastern University. PhD in Botany University of Cordoba.

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For 2021 we are planning the following plant adventures to these countries: Baja California, Namibia, Ecuador, South Africa, Madagascar, and Argentina-Chile. If you wish to be kept informed about our future trips, please send email to  Guillermo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit website: www.plantexpeditions.com



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