Journal Vol 86-2

March-April 2014

 

Contents

  • An extraordinary new species of Aloe from the Republic of Mozambique
    TOM A. MCCOY, ANTON J.H. RULKENS AND OBETY JOSÉ BAPTISTA
  • The Huntington Botanical Gardens presents the 2014 offering of International Succulent Introductions
    JOHN N. TRAGER
  • Superb Succulents
    DUKE BENADOM
  • Vizcaino mystery: a tale of Corynopuntia robertsii
    PETER BRESLIN & DAVIDE DONATI
  • Sansevieria newtoniana (Asparagaceae) a new species from Uganda
    TOM FORREST
  • A new species of Opuntia (Cactaceae) from Mojave Co., Arizona
    A. DEAN STOCK, NANCY HUSSEY & MARC D. BECKSTROM

 

On the cover: Aloe ribauensis McCoy, Rulkens & Baptista sp. nov., with simple and branched inflorescences, exhibit the characteristic apical tuft of sterile bracts. The reason for this character is currently unclear, but in discussions with Tom McCoy, who has wide experience with birds, the possibility that it is a perch has arisen. The bulb Babiana ringens, which is pollinated by sunbirds (Nectarina spp.), produces a long stretch of similarly sterile, terminal flower stem. This seemingly useless appendage functions solely as a perch, to facilitate pollinator access.

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