Journal Vol 78-3

May–June 2006



  • Research & Conservation Report, Donna Woodward
  • Ankarana: a haven for xerophytes and crown lemurs among the tsingy of Madagascar, Gavin Hart and Sharelle Hart
  • Home Grown: Cactus tips from a master grower,Elton Roberts
  • Succulents for most gardens: Part 4 Mesembryanthemums, Ray Stephenson
  • Book Review: Haseltonia 11-Yearbook of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, Colin Walker
  • Book Review: Echeveria cultivars by Lorraine Schulz and Attila Kapitany, Myron Kimnach
  • Agave guadalajarana, Brian Kemble
  • Hiking New Mexico's Achenbach Canyon, Root Gorelick
  • Succulent closeups in focus, Irwin Lightstone
  • Cyphostemma segmentatum in Sekhukhuneland, Charles Craib
  • Coryphantha recurvata at Sycamore Canyon, Root Gorelick
  • Succulents on Stamps Cereus, Part 1, Peg Spaete


On the cover: Under high magnification, the spine pattern at the apex ofTurbinicarpus pseudopectinatus is revealed in its full intricacy. Tight rows of pectinate spines and white bristles nearly hide the body, even at high magnification. Irwin Lightstone captured this compelling image of approximately 1.5 cm of this plant in his greenhouse in Dallas, Texas, using an enlarging lens mounted on a bellows. With the camera and bellows unit affixed to a steady tripod, Irwin took 49 separate shots, varying only the point of focus, and combined them into this infinite depth of field image.Like all other species ofTurbinicarpus, T. pseudopectinatus is internationally protected under Appendix I of CITES. It grows in grasslands and pinyon-juniper woodlands in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, Mexico. With its small size, beautiful spination and easy growing habit, Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus is a welcome addition to the greenhouse.

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