The Journal - Alsterworthia International
ISSN 1474-4635

The journal is published in March, July and November each year and printed on A4 gloss art paper (for comparison - one A4 page is the equivalent of two A5). The entire journal is devoted to plant articles, new publications, reviews etc and is liberally illustrated in colour.


Primarily the succulent genera of the Asphodelacea. The Asphodelacea family R.M.T. Dahlgren, H.F. Clifford and P.F. Yeo is defined in "The families of the Monocotyledons: Structure, Evolution and Taxonomy" published in 1985 by Springer-Verlag, Berlin. Circa 17 genera were included in the family, but, in subsequent years, some have been amalgamated with varying degrees of acceptance by botanical authorities.

The Asphodelaceae family is divided into two subfamilies, the Alooideae and the Asphodeloideae.

Subfamily Alooideae

The genera are Aloe, Astroloba, Chamaealoe, Gasteria, Haworthia, Lomatophyllum and Poelnitzia. They range in size from small, succulent-leaved rosettes (haworthias, some aloes and some gasterias etc) very suitable for glasshouse cultivation, to large shrubs/trees (some aloes, some gasterias) suitable for cultivation in gardens and larger glasshouses, though young plants can be kept in pots in a smaller glasshouse for many years before they out-grow their welcome. As these genera are highly succulent and popular with collectors, they are covered regularly in Alsterworthia International.

Subfamily Asphodeloideae

The genera include Asphodelus, Asphodeline, Bulbine, Bulbinella, Eremurus, Jodriella, Kniphofia, Simethis and Trachyandra. They are quite diverse in form ranging from succulent through mesomorphic to xeromorphic. They feature much less prominently in collections, but some, such as the "caudiciform" Bulbine, do have a following and a number of Kniphofia are popular and quite hardy garden plants. Occasional articles are devoted to the genera of this subfamily as the need and opportunity arises.

Subjects covered

Alsterworthia International is a journal comprehensive in scope. All relevant subjects are covered including habitat, laboratory and glasshouse studies; cultivation and propagation; taxonomy; pure species, hybrids and cultivars; pests and diseases; important information published in journals and books not readily available; history; personalities and more.

A Note for Authors

When authors publish with Alsterworthia International they incur no expenses. Alsterworthia International bears the full cost of publication.

Authors receive an agreed number of copies of his/her published material.

An author does not have to be an Alsterworthia International member to publish with Alsterworthia International. Both member’s and non-member’s material is welcome for publication.

Books are card covered in order to keep costs down and allow many colour photographs to be published. There is almost no limit to the number of colour photographs we can publish. We do not publish hard cover books.

All photographs are published at a size which shows plant detail. We do not publish small photos which are no more than colourful pictures lacking detail.

Publications are not limited to an initial and expensive large print run. Additional copies can be printed at any time at the same cost to meet demand.

If your first language is not English please do not let this put you off publishing with us. If you send brief notes in English with colour photographs, possibly supplemented with brief French, German or Spanish, we will write the article for you and submit it for your approval before it is published.

All book and special issues we publish normally have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) - we meet the cost of this.

Web pages are now being used widely for displaying information and photographs. These perform a valuable service, but they do not have the permanency of the printed word and, because of this, they cannot be quoted as references for scientific and horticultural purposes. If you are publishing illustrated field trips, propagation details, plant identification information etc on the web please consider also publishing it in writing in order to give it permanency and to allow it to be quoted as a reference when necessary. Please note that new species and new cultivars can be published only in print, not electronically.

Publishing new cultivars

Alsterworthia International is happy to publish new cultivars which comply with the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plant. Please supply as many good quality photographs as you wish. We deposit copies of the descriptions with photos for all new cultivars with the Herbarium, Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley, Woking, UK for recording as Nomenclatural Standards.

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