Journal Vol 78-5

Sept–Oct 2006



  • A dream fulfilled a first South African adventure Sue Hakala
  • Cactus tips from a master grower Elton Roberts
  • A new, yet introduced, species of Aloe from around petra in Jordan John J Lavranos & Kerstin Koch
  • The diverse globose cactus community of Argentina‚ Sierras Chicas. Ecology and conservation Diego E Gurvich, Pablo Demaio & Melisa A Giorgis
  • Rosularia, the unknown hardy succulent Panayoto Kelaidis
  • A nice fameflower (phemeranthus) from northern Coahuila, Mexico Jonas Lüthy
  • Book review: Teratopia, the world of cristate and variegated succulents by Gordon Rowley D Russell Wagner
  • Succulents On Stamps Cereus, Part 3 Peg Spaete


On the cover: Ferocactus pilosus is among the largest of the genus. It can reach 3m in height and clumps to form truly massive specimens. Most plants have bright red spines with bristlelike, white radials‚ a wonderful contrast‚ but some populations also boast yellow-spined individuals, and the white bristles are occasionally absent. Such variation has led to establishment of several names for this species. Widespread and common across the high desert plateau of central northern Mexico, it is most often seen on rocky limestone hillsides. Julia Etter and Martin Kristen captured this closeup showing the species‚ rather small, narrow flowers, which vary in color, much like the spines, between yellow and red.

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