The Cactus and Succulent Plant Mall
The Cactus and Succulent Plant Mall

CSSA VOL.77, September-October 2005 No.5
Research and Conservation ReportDonna Woodward
Sarcostemma. The oldest and newest of (perhaps) the worlds most widespread succulentPeter Bruyns
A new hybrid prickly pear from Coahuila, Mexico Opuntia x carstenii sp. nov. (Cactaceae)Raul Puente & Kurt Hamann
Cacti and Succulents at First Water Creek in Arizona's Superstition MountainsPeter Bruyns
Adventures With Wild GasteriasFrank "Breck" Breckenridge
Dudleya nesiotica at home in an of pine rock gardenJack Muzatko & John Trager
The Schlumbergera QueensFrank Süpplie
The genus Sclerocactus. Tribe Cacteae, family Cactaceae Book ReviewRoy Mottram
Succulents on Stamps Asclepiads, Part 1Peg Spaete

On the cover. Gasterias are favorite plants for many growers. They can be by or small, form rosettes or distichous fans, and mnge in color from green to black to maroon, marbled with spots or without them, textured or smooth - offering, in other words, a wealth of possibilities to collectors who love diversity. And the hortcultural varieties tar outnumber the species, with variegates and color forms of unimaginable beauty, In cultivation they pose little problem, though cool humid nights can leave undghtty black lesions on the leaves.

The Gasteria Bug hits some people so hard that they cross the globe to see them in their native habitat. Breck Breckrnridge did just that after he won a CSSA Schwarz Travel Grant, In this Issue he details his adventures with many fine photos and a story beginning on page 244. He also provided the picture on the cover a large clustering specimen of Gasteria carinata variety carinata found on a farm near Caledon in the Western Cape of South Africa, where this species grows on shale above a dry watercourse.

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