Haseltonia 10

Prominent in this issue of Haseltonia is a fascinating ViewPoints article on early cactus evolution challenging the notion that the leafy genus Pereskia is the most primitive (basal) member of the family. Among the 14 other articles is included the status of an endangered cactus native to Florida, Harrisia fragrans, and the documentation of flower anatomy with a flat bed scanner as a new technique that anyone can easily do (the cover photo of a dissected Astrophytum myriostigma flower was actually produced on a flatbed scanner). The rediscovery of a long-lost Crassula reads like a botanical whodunit, and we have the eighth installment of Charles Uhl’s venerable studies onEcheveria chromosomes and hybrids. And for new taxa, we present three species and one variety of Aloe, one species and one variety of Euphorbia, one Echeveria, one Sedum and one species and 3 varieties of Peperomia. Among the remaining articles Charles Craib offers an interesting investigation into variations (namely of flowering times) in a widespread Haworthia relative, Chortolirion angolense.



  • From the Editor—Michael W. Hawkes
  • ViewPoints: Early cactus evolution: The postmodern view by M. Patrick Griffith
  • Field observations on the endangered fragrant prickly-apple cactus (Harrisia fragrans) by Jeffrey T. Hutchinson and Pat Pazara
  • Embryology of floral dimorphism and gender system in Consolea corallicola (Cactaceae), a rare species of the Florida Keys by Vivian Negrón-Ortiz and Lara I. Strittmatter
  • Effective initiation and maintenance of Opuntia microdasys (Cactaceae) cell culture and elicitor response by Mikyung Han and Tom J. Mabry
  • A quick and easy imaging method for documenting flower characters by Detlev Metzing
  • The rediscovery of Crassula alcicornis by Matthew R Opel and Philip Desmet
  • Aloe omavandae (Asphodelaceae), a new species from the Kaokoveld, northwestern Namibia by Ernst van Jaarsveld and Braam van Wyk
  • Two new species and a new variety of Aloe (Asphodelaceae) from Madagascar by J. B. Castillon
  • Variation in Chortolirion angolense (Asphodelaceae) by Charles Craib, Gideon F. Smith, Elsie M. A. Steyn and Andrew Hankey
  • Euphorbia einensis sp. nov. (Euphorbiaceae) from the lower Orange River valley in the NW Richtersveld and SW Namibia by Graham Williamson
  • Ecbeveria nebularum (Crassulaceae), a new cloud-forest species from Mexico by Reid Moran and Myron Kimnach
  • Chromosomes and hybrids of Echeveria VIII. Central American speciesby Charles H. Uhl
  • Sedum raramuri (Crassulaceae), a new species from Chihuahua, Mexico by Jean Metzger and Myron Kirnnach
  • Four new taxa of Peperomia (Piperaceae) from San Marcos, northern Perú by Guillermo Pino, Olivier Klopfenstein and Nelson Cieza
  • Haseltonia 9 Errata  


Front Cover: Flower of Astrophytum myriostigma in longitudinal section. Digital image created by Detlev Metzing using a flatbed scanner. For further details of this technique, see Metzing's paper entitled A quick and easy imaging method for documenting floral characters.                          

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