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I am determined that the Society will support Cactus and Succulent lovers all over the world during this difficult time and we welcome members and non-members to attend. These meetings are a showcase to what the hobby is about and we welcome absolute beginners through to the more experienced amongst us. We have a Zoom licence for 500 participants and currently have almost 300 attending so we have more space for visitors (if necessary, we could extend this to 1000 participants).

The talks are scheduled to last about an hour but I have added extra time at the end to allow for any over run and also to give you an opportunity to tell me how you would like me to move the Society forward.


CactusWorld LIVE – Online talks for OCTOBER

The BCSS continues with the weekly online talks and this month we again have a fantastic line-up of speakers to educate and entertain us with various aspects of our wonderful hobby. I do hope that you can attend and if you have time please stay on after the talk for the usual informal chat which helps me understand what you want from the BCSS in the future. Please contact me, Ian Thwaites, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you would like to offer to give future talks or are able to recommend any top-class speakers.

The meetings are open to all so please spread the word and encourage more members (and anyone else) to join in. These talks are NOT recorded and many of the lectures are one off ‘specials’ so there will not be another chance to experience the talk.

Topic: Terry Smale - Eponyms - people and plants named for them 
Date and time: Tuesday 6 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 848 7265 1966
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Terry will introduce us to some southern African succulents that have names of botanists and plant hunters commemorated in their names. The people discussed will range chronologically from Francis Masson and the plants he found in the late 18th century through to the present day and botanists such as Ernst van Jaarsveld who is still very active in the field and has introduced many new plants into our collections.

Topic: Milan Kurka - Mediolobivias in habitat
Date and time: Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 831 3826 9601
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This talk takes us to the dirt roads of the Andes in northern Argentina to visit mediolobivias in habitat. Most plants in habitat are juvenile due to predation by grazing animals. Cultivated material from seed of the populations visited is sometimes the only way to identify which species we have seen.

Topic: Antun Perkovic - Grafting seedlings

Date and time: Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 832 9859 2930
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Tonight we will have a masterclass on propagation and grafting on Pereskiopsis, but Antun will also mention small offsets (same thing just different!) and briefly go through grafting on Opuntia.

Topic: Mark Dimmitt - Adenium culture and selecting good quality plants

Date and time: Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 7:30 pm (GMT)
Meeting ID: 890 1808 5264
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Mark Dimmitt has a PhD in biology (herpetology) from the University of California at Riverside after earning an MS from UCLA and a BS from Pomona College. He worked at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum from 1979 to 2011, first as Curator of Botany, and later as Director of Natural History (field ecologist). His areas of research included botany and vertebrate biology, and he is the author of more than 50 scientific and popular publications about ecology and horticulture. Mark’s other and ongoing career is as a plant hybridiser. He spent a couple of decades hybridising Trichocereus (Echinopsis), then Tillandsia and he has introduced about 50 cultivars. Since the late 1970s his main focus has been on hybridising the genus Adenium; ‘Crimson Star’, ‘Evelyn Marie’, and ‘Bouquet’ are among his creations. He is co-author of the book Adenium: Sculptural Elegance, Floral Extravagance (2008). Mark also collects and grows a number of other weird plants, mostly succulents and epiphytes.

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