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Discover the beauty of cacti and other succulents with the BCSS! Whether you are an expert grower or a novice – or are just thinking of starting up the hobby – the Society will guide you all the way.

With over 80 branches throughout the UK meeting monthly you will have the opportunity to meet other enthusiasts and to learn more about growing these amazing plants. CactusWorld, the Society’s beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine is just one of the many benefits that members receive. It contains articles about new species, plants in the wild, cultivation techniques and, of course, what the Society’s many branches and members are up to.

This website offers a wealth of information about the Society – including how to join – and is your gateway to the wonderful world of cacti and other succulents.

 

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CactusWorld 01/2009
BCSS Journal 01/2009
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Journal 01/2009 | 4.5 GBP
  MARCH 2009 CONTENTS: 
  • The Melocactus in eastern Brazil: part I - an introduction to Melocactus by Marlon Machado
  • BCSS Photo Competition 2008 by Derek Tribble & Brian McDonough
  • Maybe the most beautiful botanical garden in South America by Henk and Margreet Damsma
  • In memoriam: Elsie and Will Tjaden by Bill Maddams
  • Cacti of the Chancay and Chillon river basins, Lima, Peru: a research and conservation study by Dr Carlos Ostolaza, Dr Guillermo Pino, Mercedes Flores MSc, Aldo Ceroni MSc, Natalie Ramirez, Johanna Cortez, Jessica Vargas and Lourdes Salinas
  • Aloe johannis-philippei, a new Aloe (Asphodelaceae) from the high mountains of central Madagascar by Jean-Bernard Castillon
  • Notes on general cultivation: maintenance of compost acidity by Ray Allcock
  • Coryphantha kracikii by Kathy Flanagan
  • Literature review
  • Cactus Talk
  • Forum report
Front cover: The lizard Tropidurus hispidus, whose mouth is filled with a fruit of Melocactus glaucescens (near Morro do Chapeu, Bahia). Few will ever have witnessed this fantastic split-second moment of time that was captured on camera by Marlon Machado, who gives us new insights in this issue into the world of Brazilian melocacti.
     
CactusWorld 02/2009
BCSS Journal 02/2009
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Journal 02/2009 | 4.5 GBP
aa JUNE 2009 CONTENTS:
  • More `cereusly' big plants by Colin Norton
  • Rebutia reappraised by Gordon Rowley
  • Three Gormania river basin endemics by Ray Stephenson
  • The genus Hesperaloe (Agavaceae) by Fritz Hochst�tter
  • Arizona highways by Alan Ritchie
  • What is the homeland of Aloe vera? Not Oman! by Bert Jonkers
  • Cactus Talk
  • Literature review
  • David Slade - a new BCSS Life Member

Front cover: Echinopsis aff. schickendantzii Alan Ritchie', a new cultivar.

This huge and highly photogenic flower was featured in another article in 2006, but we return to it again because this particular plant has an extra secret weapon to attract us to it, namely its powerful perfume. Alan Ritchie describes this plant for us in this issue of CactusTalk, and in deference to the unique character of this particular clone, I am here naming this selection for its originator as a new cultivar.

     
CactusWorld 03/2009
BCSS Journal 04/2009
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Journal 03/2009 | 4.5 GBP
  SEPTEMBER 2009 CONTENTS:
  • Searching for pyrrhocacti by Roger Ferryman
  • Notes on general cultivation: part 3 - feeding and compost strength by Ray Allcock
  • Sclerocactus polyancistrus (Engelm. & J.M.Bigelow) Britton & Rose: the big-flowered giant of the genus from the Barren Lands by Zlatko Janeba
  • A new small Aloe (Asphodelaceae) from the north-eastern coast of Madagascar by Jean-Philippe Castillon
  • Cacti of the Chancay and Chillon river basins, Lima, Peru: a research and conservation study by Dr Carlos Ostolaza, Dr Guillermo Pino, Mercedes Flores MSc, Aldo Ceroni MSc, Natalie Ramirez, Johanna Cortez, Jessica Vargas and Lourdes Salinas
  • Aloe johannis-philippei, a new Aloe (Asphodelaceae) from the high mountains of central Madagascar by Jean-Bernard Castillon
  • Forum
  • Literature review
  • Cactus Talk
Front cover: This migratory painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui, has been attracted to Stephen Scarr's Exeter garden on 25 May 2009 by a Mammillaria zeilmanniana originally planted in July 2004. Stephen grows this and a number of other cold-hardy succulents, especially aylosteras and rebutias, in an outdoor bed that is covered with a sheet of glass from 15 Sep to 1 Mar each winter. (Photo: Stephen Scarr with his Canon G9)
     
CactusWorld 04/2009
BCSS Journal 04/2009
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Journal 04/2009 | 4.5 GBP
  DECEMBER 2009 CONTENTS:
  • Sempervivums on trial by Terry Smale
  • Euphorbia iloitaii, a new tree species from Kenya by Anne Powys & Susan Carter
  • A new look at Mammillaria zublerae by W A & Betty Fitz Maurice
  • The seed list 2009/2010 by David Rushforth
  • Two Bolivian echeverias by Nigel Taylor
  • Visiting Ferocactus johnstonianus in habitat by Ian Woolnough
  • Growing succulents in an unheated conservatory by David Quail
  • Two new BCSS Fellows
  • BCSS funds the protection of two threatened Euphorbia species: Euphorbia brevirama N.E.Br. and Euphorbia astrophora Marx by Gerhard Marx
  • A weekend at the judges' Course by Trevor Wray
  • Round Robins Report
  • Literature review
  • Cactus Talk
Front cover: Matucana aurantiaca Lau 177 (Peru, Cajamarca, San Pablo, 2300-2500m). A plant collected by Lau in June 1969, growing in volcanic mineral soil. The rich red tips to the petals are most pronounced at San Pablo, and the yellow tube is generally more of a tangerine-orange in other places. The flowers of this form are 7cm long, expanding to about 5.5cm, appearing in May and usually again with a second flush in the autumn. (Photo: Roy Mottram)

   

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