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And 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 and its community of like minded members will help and guide you all the way.

With over 70 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. We are also active on social media, you can find us on our own Forum here, or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube

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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BCSS Journal 01/2010
Journal 01/2010 | 4.5 GBP
  • 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)
BCSS Journal 02/2010
Journal 02/2010 | 4.5 GBP
  • Some encounters with thelocacti in habitat by Peter Berresford
  • Windhoek via Walvis in winter by Keith Green
  • Lanzarote's Jardin de Cactus by Alan Ritchie
  • Paradise losing! by Florent Grenier
  • Notes on general cultivation: part 5 - magnesium and the trace elements by Ray Allcock
  • Petrosedum sediforme, a beautiful species of Crassulaceae from Portugal by Gideon F Smith & Estrela Figueiredo
  • Literature review
  • Cactus Talk
  • Robins
Front cover: This interesting-looking rarity was first found by Alfred Lau in 1971 near Huizache, but he had no idea what it was and he didn't give it a field collection number. A long time later it was eventually described in 2003 by Manfred Weisbarth as Ariocarpus retusus ssp. pectinatus, for the obvious feature of bearing a comb-like set of short spines on each areole. It has been refound in San Luis Potosi at Las Tablas, Ciudad del Maiz, and the plant illustrated was raised from Weisbarth seed in the collection of Miloslav Hájek, Prague, (Photo: Roy Mottram)
BCSS Journal 04/2010
Journal 03/2010 | 4.5 GBP
  • BCSS Photographic Competition 2010 Part I by Derek Tribble and Geoff Bailey
  • Lithops for the show bench by Trevor Wray
  • Destination: Forever Ranch by Dixie Dringman
  • Notes on Ornithogalum lithopsoides by Jean-Andre Audissou
  • Is anything still cold-tolerant after last winter? by David Quail
  • The venerable Reid Venable Moran: King of the dudleyas by W R Ogdon-Leroy
  • Notes on Cereus crassisepalus by Bob Ressler
  • Oasis Park, Fuerteventura by Holger Wittner
  • Sedum lampusae (Kotschy) Boiss. by David Slade and Ray Stephenson
  • Cactus Talk
  • Round Robins Report
  • Literature review

Front cover: Aylostera 'Summer Song'. One of the best of Southfield's recent introductions, this plant is strongly influenced by its Aylostera narvaecensis parentage, itself well known for the abundance of its floral displays. Below the plant is a mass of heads forming a hemispherical mound. The flowers are up to 3.7cm long and broad, at first opening salmon-pink but soon changing to a blushing rose-pink. Photo: Roy Mottram

BCSS Journal 04/2010
Journal 04/2010 | 4.5 GBP
  • BCSS International Convention 2010 by Roy Mottram & Roland Tebbenham
  • Seed distribution 2010/2011 by David Rushforth
  • A new, cliff-dwelling aloe from south-east Yemen by Giuseppe Orlando and Marwan El Azzouni
  • BCSS Photographic Competition 2010 Part 2 by Derek Tribble and Geoff Bailey
  • Forum report by Tony Roberts and Bill Hildyard
  • Worthwhile hybrid succulents 12: Portulaca grandiflora by Gordon Rowley
  • Searching for houseleeks in central northern Italy, summer 2010 by Ray Stephenson
  • The care and cultivation of schlumbergera hybrids by Frank Süpplie
  • Cactus Talk
  • Literature review
Front cover: David Kirkbright provides an iconic moment as he invites the audience to bid for a fine Cyphostemma juttoe at the Charity Auction of the 2010 Seventh BCSS International Convention in July. The successful event was made even more memorable by the appearance of the gardening broadcaster Anne Swithinbank. A full report is presented in this Special Convention Souvenir Issue. Photo: Trevor Wray