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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 01/2012
Journal 01/2012 | 4.5 GBP
  • Introducing your new editors by Al Laius
  • Jardin Exotique de Monaco by Alan Ritchie
  • Clarification of the correct application of the names Sulcorebutia caracarensis (Cardenas) Donald and S. inflexiseta (Cardenas) Donald, and a re-evaluation of S. pulchra (Cardenas) Donald by Johan de Vries
  • Corolla variability in the Indian distribution of Caralluma adscendens var. fimbriata (Wallich) Grav. & Mayur
  • Plant of the quarter .. The Opuntia fragilis hybrids of Babcock Bench by Dixie Dringman
  • Encounters of the succulent kind on a Caribbean island by David Kirkbright
  • In my greenhouse by Roger Mackie
  • Mammillaria bombycina: show plant extraordinaire by Roy Mottram
  • Succulent snippets .. Luton Hoo walled garden project by Roy Warren
  • Literature review
  • CactusTalk
  • A revision of series Cepaea in the genus Sedum by Massimo Afferni

 Front cover: Opuntia fragilis. In 1818 Thomas Nuttall, a Yorkshire-born printer by trade, described Cactus fragifis, renamed a year later by Adrian Haworth. as Opuntia fragilis. This cactus shows a blatant disregard to efforts of taxonomists who still debate the status of plants to which this name has been appended. In this issue. Dixie Dringman leads us through the scablands of the Columbia River to introduce this floriferous plant and investigate its hybridisation with other Opuntoids. Photo: Dixie Dringman

BCSS Journal 02/2012
Journal 02/2012 | 4.5 GBP
  • Editor's comments by Al Laius
  • Gymnocalycium - an alphabetical review: part 5, H-M by John Pilbeam
  • Hope in the hands of children by Caio Coblho
  • Escobaria robbinsorum (W.H.Earle) D.R.Hunt, a botanical gem from the US-Mexico border by Zlatko Janeba
  • In my greenhouse by Paul Bond
  • An unexpected discovery of a Weingartia neumanniana population in northern Argentina by Ian Woolnough
  • Plant of the quarter
  • CactusTalk
  • The return of Lithops werneri by Keith Green
  • Succulent snippets
  • The ecology and natural history of Leptocereus scopulophilus (Cactaceae) by Luis Roberto González-Torres, Duniel Barrios & Alejandro Palmarola
  • Greenhouse heating at higher temperature and lower cost by George Thomson
  • Literature review

Front Cover: Students dressed up as Melocactus conoideus in a local parade A conservation project in the Brazilian city of Vitoria da Conquista consists of lectures and workshops at school as well as field-trips and parades to publicise and educate the local people of the importance of environmental sustainability. The BCSS provided a grant in 2003 to protect a population of Melocactus conoideus and the cactus is now used as an icon to raise local awareness of conservation. Photo: collection of the Colegio Nossa Senhora de Fatima-Sacramentinas

BCSS Journal 04/2012
Journal 03/2012 | 4.5 GBP
  • Editor's comments by Peter Berresford
  • Across the border in Arizona and Utah by Ian Woolnough
  • In my greenhouse by Geoff Bowman
  • Cacti of Jamaica by Rene Samek
  • Subterranean cacti by Bill Christie
  • Agave 'Kichiokan' by Robert D Stephenson
  • Gasteria polita, an endangered succulent from South Africa by Johan Baard
  • Effective ex situ conservation by Bill Maddams
  • Two new species of Aloe (Asphodelaceae) from Madagascar by Jean-Philippe Castillon
  • Plant of the quarter
  • An account of Barcelona's Jardin de Mossen Costa i Llobera by Alan Ritchie
  • Worthwhile hybrid succulents 13: Cleretum and the Livingstone Daisies by Gordon Rowley
  • A case of magnesium deficiency? by David Quail
  • CactusTalk
  • Literature review
Photo: Echinocereus dasyacanthus
Described in 1848 by Frederick Wislizenus from El Paso del Norte (now known as Ciudad Juarez), Echinocereus dasyacanthus is widely distributed throughout much of the Chihuahuan desert in Texas. New Mexico. Chihuahua and Coahuila. Flowers are normally in various shades of yellow but occasionally populations like those in Big Bend contain a few striking blooms displaying betalain (reddish to violet) pigments (Photo: Peter Berresford)
BCSS Journal 04/2012
Journal 03/2012 | 4.5 GBP
  • Guest Editorial by John Pilbeam
  • The National Show 2012
  • Just what do we do with names for Haworthia? by M B Bayer
  • Weedin's small-flowered hedgehog cactus by Peter Berresford
  • Favourite mesembs (part 7) by Eddy Harris
  • In my greenhouse by John Hughes & Jim Earles
  • CactusTalk
  • Seed distribution 2012/2013 by Peter Arthurs
  • A new species of Resnova by Julian M H Shaw
  • The National Road and another new Conophytum by Chris Rodgerson
  • Hope in the hands of children: part 2 - the Melocactus conoideus conservation project by Cliff Thompson
  • The Kortdoringvlakte - Western Gariep valley by Graham Williamson
  • Cold-hardy cacti for gardens and cold greenhouses by Leo Chance
  • Round Robins Report
  • An introduction to the cacti of Uruguay by Ricardo Garbarini
  • Literature review
Front cover: Conophytum youngii This new Conophytum. described inside as Conophytum youngii. was discovered in 2011 by Chris Rodgerson. Alice and Alan Vander Bon and Andrew Young (whom it is named for). Remarkably it was discovered within just a few kilometres off the busy N7 National Road in the Northern Cape region of South Africa. C. youngii has a beautiful spring flower and is an exciting novelty for enthusiasts of the genus. (Photo: Alan Vanden Bon)