Journal Vol 77-5

September - October 2005



  • Research and Conservation Report, Donna Woodward
  • Sarcostemma. The oldest and newest of (perhaps) the worlds most widespread succulent, Peter Bruyns
  • A new hybrid prickly pear from Coahuila, Mexico Opuntia x carstenii sp. nov. (Cactaceae), Raul Puente & Kurt Hamann
  • Cacti and Succulents at First Water Creek in Arizona's Superstition Mountains, Peter Bruyns
  • Adventures With Wild Gasterias, Frank "Breck" Breckenridge
  • Dudleya nesiotica at home in an of pine rock garden, Jack Muzatko & John Trager
  • The Schlumbergera Queens, Frank Süpplie
  • Succulents for most gardens, Part 3: Rhodiola, Ray Stephenson
  • The genus Sclerocactus. Tribe Cacteae, family Cactaceae Book Review, Roy Mottram
  • Succulents on Stamps Asclepiads, Part 1, Peg Spaete


On the cover. Gasterias are favorite plants for many growers. They can be by or small, form rosettes or distichous fans, and mnge in color from green to black to maroon, marbled with spots or without them, textured or smooth - offering, in other words, a wealth of possibilities to collectors who love diversity. And the hortcultural varieties tar outnumber the species, with variegates and color forms of unimaginable beauty, In cultivation they pose little problem, though cool humid nights can leave undghtty black lesions on the leaves. The Gasteria Bug hits some people so hard that they cross the globe to see them in their native habitat. Breck Breckrnridge did just that after he won a CSSA Schwarz Travel Grant. In this Issue he details his adventures with many fine photos and a story beginning on page 244. He also provided the picture on the cover a large clustering specimen of Gasteria carinatavariety carinata found on a farm near Caledon in the Western Cape of South Africa, where this species grows on shale above a dry watercourse.

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