CactusWorld 01/2008
BCSS Journal 01/2008
Journal 01/2008 | 4.5 GBP
  • A visit to the Valley of Tehuacán by Chris Davies
  • Lithops scrapbook: part 2 by Keith Green
  • Mysterious aeoniums from the East by René Zahra
  • Aloe ambositrae J-P Castillon, a new species of Asphodelaceae from the highlands of Madagascar by Jean-Philippe Castillon
  • A challenging passage through the Barranca Toliman in Hidalgo, Mexico by W A & Betty Fitz Maurice, Julia Etter and Martin Kristen
  • Growing fraileas by Angie Money
  • Prickly pear about to invade West Yorkshire? by David Quail
  • Literature review
  • CactusTalk
  • The voice of experience: a guide to cultivation specially for newcomers and juniors by John Carr 

Front cover: Copiapoa aff. longistaminea (Chile, Prov. Antofagasta, 3km S of Cifuncho). Copiapoa longistaminea originates from a Chilean coastal strip centred on Esmeralda, and typically forms large clusters of black-spined heads. This plant, lying to the north of the normal distribution, is linked to the typical form by a succession of intermediates, but is so different that some suggest it needs a name of its own. It has probably shared genes with the neighbouring population of Copiapoa columna-alba at some stage in its history, imparting characters such as the larger body size and the less caespitose habit (C. columna-alba is invariably solitary). Whatever we wish to call it, it is a handsome plant in a beautiful location that has been visited and photographed by many cactus travellers. Rudolf Schulz showed an identical photo on p. 83 of his recent book, Copiapoa 2006 (Photo: Trevor Sellman)

CactusWorld 02/2008
BCSS Journal 02/2008
Journal 02/2008 | 4.5 GBP
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas by Mike Shawyer
  • A new classification for the Mesembryanthemoideae (Aizoaceae) by Cornelia Klak
  • Lithops scrapbook: part 3 (hybrids) by Keith Green
  • The flowering of Aeonium nobile by Bert Jonkers
  • The Haworthia Society of Japan by Harry Mays
  • Pleuralluma Plowes, a new name for a unique Somali stapeliad by Darrel C H Plowes
  • The smallest of the Bayonet Plants by Fritz Hochst�tter
  • CactusTalk
  • Literature review
  • Aloe aurelienii, a new species of Aloe
  • (Asphodelaceae) from eastern Madagascar by Jean-Bernard Castillon

Front cover: Mesembryanthemum emarcidum. Linnaeus's pupil Thunberg first described this species in 1791. The form shown here is the later synonym M.anatomicum, described by Haworth a few years later in 1803. In 1925. N E Brown put M.tortuosum in a genus of its own that he called Sceletium, named for the way that the remains of the vascular strands of the leaves persist and form a skeletal sheath around the new leaves after drying. Since Brown, some half a dozen species have been recognised as belonging to Sceletium, under which name they will be found in the Illustrated Handbook of Succulents (2002). In this journal, the article by Cornelia Klak refers to a study that has caused the reuniting of Sceletium and several other genera back under the oldest name of Mesembryanthemum, the only member of its subfamily, united by, apart from their DNA, the presence of prominent 'bladder' cells that can just be made out if you look closely over the surface of the leaves in this photo.

CactusWorld 03/2008
BCSS Journal 04/2008
Journal 03/2008 | 4.5 GBP
  • Editorial comment by Roy Mottram
  • Echinomastus johnsonii (Parry ex Engelm.)
  • E.M.Baxter by Zlatko Janeba
  • Australian native succulents by Attila Kapitany
  • The genus Pediocactus by Fritz Hochst�tter
  • The stapeliads of Senegal by Darrel Plowes
  • A memorial to `Mac' McMillan (1911-2008) by Roy Mottram
  • Notes on general cultivation: choosing a compost
  • with the right physical properties by Ray Allcock
  • CactusTalk
  • Literature review

 Front cover: Echinomastus johnsonii. A beautiful specimen of Echinomastus johnsonii with yellow spines from the Arizona-Utah border, just starting to flower. The flowers open daily and are quite long-lasting for up to seven days. We are pleased to present a very detailed account of this species in habitat in this issue by the photographer Zlatko Janeba.

CactusWorld 04/2008
BCSS Journal 04/2008
Journal 04/2008 | 4.5 GBP
  • Editor's comments by Roy Mottram
  • Rowley roving by Len Newton
  • Reminiscences of a member of the Gordon Rowley fan club by Colin Walker & Marjorie Thorburn
  • Worthwhile hybrid succulents No. 10: Echeveria x gilva `Eyeful' by Gordon Rowley
  • Cactus humour by Roy Mottram
  • Natural hybrids between Ariocorpus kotschoubeyanus and Ariocorpus agavoides by Geoff Bailey & John Miller
  • The National Show 2008 by Mike Stansbie
  • The seed list 2008/2009 by David Rushforth
  • Yucca news by Fritz Hochstdtter
  • Aloe ifanadionae J-B Castillon, a new species of Aloe (Asphodelaceae) from eastern Madagascar by Jean-Bernard Castillon
  • Literature review
  • CactusTalk
  • Coming clean with aloe soap by Len Newton

Merry Christmas! As the world's economic system looks increasingly like a basket case and we are all at risk of descending into unremitting gloom, this issue focuses mainly on the brighter side of life and aims to put a smile back onto your face. So we've dedicated this issue to our very own honorary Goon, the one and only, the once seen and never forgotten, Gordon Rowley, without whom this Society would not be what it is today. We had to be quite selective in the contributions, because so many were queuing up to contribute something. The masterpiece that graces our front cover has been specially created by that foremost exponent of the art of cactus folk caricature, Gerhard Marx, who admits to having thoroughly enjoyed working on this one, and it is indeed arguably his finest ever. Gordon had no idea this was coming, so, fingers crossed, he will be pleasantly surprised and find the imagery well judged. To balance the front cover, we've entrusted the rear cover to a celebrity of the comic world, Desperate Dan, who also lives with Gordon at Cactusville, and who wanted to pay his respects to his cohabitee. It shows young Desperate giving chase after Cactusman, one of his three sworn arch-enemies. (First published in the Dandy 1990. Cc D C Thomson & Co Ltd)