Journal Vol 79-6

November –December 2007



  • Acharagma aguirreanum in Sierra de la Paila. A rare find in cactus paradise Zlatko Janeba and Richard Kalas 
  • Some succulent memories, Part 2: Life in a botanical garden Myron Kimnach
  • Beautiful and Bizarre Arrojadoa. The taxonomy of subgenus Albertbuiningia Pierre J Braun and Eddie Esteves Pereira
  • Lithops from seed to scanner bed Part 2: Adult plant careD Russell Wagner
  • Portuguese succulents Ray Stephenson
  • Aloe djiboutiensis and Aloe ericahenriettae, two new species from Djibouti and the mystery of A. eumassawana’s natural habitat solved Tom McCoy 
  • Cochemiea halei on peninsular Baja California Sur Root Gorelick 
  • Succulents on stamps, Mammillaria, part 2 Peg Spaete
  • Low Water Gardening Books reviewed:  Lush and efficient, landscape gardening in the Coachella Valley :  The low-water flower gardener, guide to growing over 270 unthirsty colorful plants by Eric A Johnson and Scott Millard : Waterwise gardening tour, University of California Botanical Garden : Subtropical and dry climate plants, the definitive guide by Martyn Rix   by Dylan Hannon
  • Book Review : Socotra, A Natural History of the Islands and their People by Catherine Cheung and L DeVantierDylan Hannon
  • Books on the Sonoran Desert reviewed  :  Dry Borders, Great natural reserves of the Sonoran Desert edited by Richard Stephen Felger and Bill Broyles : Sonoran Desert Plants: An Ecological Atlas by Raymond M Turner, Janice E Bowers, and Tony L Burges 
    Reviews by Root Gorelick
  • Australian succulent plants, an introduction by Attila Kapitany D Russell Wagner
  • Bradleya 25 Yearbook of the British Cactus and Succulent Society D Russell Wagner
  • The Genus Sclerocactus CD-ROM by Fritz Hochstätter Yucca D Russell Wagner
  • Agavaceae CD-ROM by Fritz Hochstätter D Russell Wagner


    On the cover: Arrojadoa eriocaulis is one of the bizarre and beautiful members a section of the genus featured in this month’s cover feature by Brazilian cactus expert Pierre Braun. Beautiful hummingbird-pollinated flowers are formed from a cephalium at the top of a thin stem, which itself emerges form a single, large, underground tuber. Each year normal stem growth resumes to leave fuzzy skirts along the stem that indicate its age. After three or four seasons of growth the stem will senesce and be replaced. While not particularly common in collections, cultivation is easy; if the stems are grafted they can grow a meter or more long.

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