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

CSSA VOL.75, September-October 2003 No.5
IntroductionD Russell Wagner
Some superb EchinocereiDuke Benadom
Rediscovering Lindsay's Hedgehog CactusJoseph A. Betzler
Succulents on the rise-The unexpected consequences of human activity in northwestern SekhukhunelandCharles Craib
The genus Echinocereus in Lower California, Mexico-taxonomy, rarity & reproductive biologyJon P. Rebman
Success with Echinocereus from seedBill R. Beaston
Book Review: Die Echinocereen der Baja CaliforniaDuke Benadom
Walking amongst the baobab trees Adansonia digitata in Kenya and TanzaniaDeborah Ellis
Santa Clara CanyonDuke Benadom
History of the journal
Progress on the taxonomy of the claret-cup cacti (Echinocereus, section Triglochidiatus) of the United StatesMarc Baker & Rafael Routson
Superb SucculentsDuke Benadom

On the cover. Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis (Engelm. & Bigel.) L. Benson graces the cover of this special issue of the Journal. This variety of Claret Cup or Strawberry Hedgehog is also known as the Mojave Kingcup Cactus and can be found in northern Arizona, southern Nevada, southwest Utah and south-central California at elevations of 900-2500 m. This plant experiences winter frost in most of its range, and is known to be hardy to USDA zones 3 and 4, so it is good choice for the hardy cactus garden in colder climates. All varieties of E. triglochidiatus have large red flowers with rounded petals and are mainly distinguished by geographic distribution and variations in the spines and stems. The diurnal flowers remain open for two or three days and are followed by red fruits.

Pat Fusaro photographed this plant off the Cima road in southern California's Mojave National Preserve. The California Desert Protection Act established the 1.6 million acre Mojave Preserve in 1994. Forty miles south of Las Vegas, the park is bordered by I-15 to the north, I-40 to the south, and the California-Nevada border to the east. The National Parks Conservation Association ( considers it to be one of the most threatened of the national parks due to private and public development plans.

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