Journal Vol 77-3

May - June 2005



  • Research and Conservation Report, Donna Woodward
  • Succulents for Most Gardens, Part I, Phedimus, Ray Stephenson
  • The Coryphantha elephantidens group a nomenclatural challenge, Adrian D Lüthy & Reto F Dicht
  • An Erumpent New Species of Bulbine (Asphodelaceae) from the Richtersveld, Steven Hammer
  • Flower density on a Cleistocactus, Root Gorelick
  • Field observations on Backebergia and other cacti from Balsas Basin, Mexico, James D Mauseth, Teresa Terrazas, Monserrat Vázquez-Sánchez & Salvador Arias
  • A note on the sexuality of Beschorneria yuccoides and comments on the horticulture o f this uncommon garden subject , David Symon
  • Bursera microphylla in Phoenix, Arizona, Root Gorelick 
  • The rediscovery of Ornithogalum britteniae, Tony Dold
  • Succulents on Stamps, Trees, Peg Spaete
  • Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert, Root Gorelick
  • Cactaceas Y Otras Plantas Nativas de la Canada Cuicatlan, Oaxaca, Brian Kemble
  • Aloes, aristocrats of Namibian Flora, Brian Kemble
  • Coryphantha: Cacti of Mexico and southern USA, Roy Mottram


On the cover. The spectacular flowers on the cover were captured by the lens of Brian Kemble on a trip to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, May 8, 1990. The species was then known at the garden as Beschorneria yuccoides (UCBG 57.0384), a member of the Agave family collected in Chiapas, Mexico. However, the garden has recently relabelled this plant as B. olbiflora, a synonym of B. chiapensis. The latter name reflects the plant's origin, but the moniker albiflora is perhaps a stretch, as the flowers on this plant are only briefly white. With a bright red base and a green bud, each fleshy flower has white tepals when it first opens, quickly flushing to pink and then withering red. In this picture we see buds and the flowers as they get their first hint of pink; we also see the most astonishing feature of the species: a spectacularly bright red peduncle branching into the red pedicels from which the waxy flowers hang. Beschorneria chiapensis is similar to B. yuccoides, another species featured in this issue, but never gets that plant's bluish leaves. It can also attain a trunk of several feet, while B. yuccoides is virtually stemless. Beschornerias are bold and interesting, though uncommon, garden subjects that deserve wider appreciation.

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