Cactus and Succulent Society of America - Journal 2005 No 3
The Cactus and Succulent Plant Mall
The Cactus and Succulent Plant Mall

CSSA VOL.77, May-June 2005 No.3
Research and Conservation ReportDonna Woodward
Succulents for Most Gardens, Part IPhedimus
The Coryphantha elephantidens group a nomenclatural challengeAdrian D Lüthy & Reto F Dicht
An Erumpent New Species of Bulbine (Asphodelaceae) from the RichtersveldSteven Hammer
Flower density on a CleistocactusRoot Gorelick
Field observations on Backebergia and other cacti from Balsas Basin, MexicoJames D Mauseth, Teresa Terrazas, Monserrat Vázquez-Sánchez & Salvador Arias
A note on the sexuality of Beschorneria yuccoides and comments on the horticulture o f this uncommon garden subject David Symon
Bursera microphylla in Phoenix, ArizonaRoot Gorelick
The rediscovery of Ornithogalum britteniaeTony Dold
Succulents on Stamps, TreesPeg Spaete

On the cover.The spectacular flowers on the cover were captured by the lens of Brian Kemble on a trip to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, May 8, 1990. The species was then known at the garden as Beschorneria yuccoides (UCBG 57.0384), a member of the Agave family collected in Chiapas, Mexico. However, the garden has recently relabelled this plant as B. olbiflora, a synonym of B. chiapensis. The latter name reflects the plant's origin, but the moniker albiflora is perhaps a stretch, as the flowers on this plant are only briefly white. With a bright red base and a green bud, each fleshy flower has white tepals when it first opens, quickly flushing to pink and then withering red. In this picture we see buds and the flowers as they get their first hint of pink; we also see the most astonishing feature of the species: a spectacularly bright red peduncle branching into the red pedicels from which the waxy flowers hang.

Beschorneria chiapensis is similar to B. yuccoides, another species featured in this issue, but never gets that plant's bluish leaves. It can also attain a trunk of several feet, while B. yuccoides is virtually stemless. Beschornerias are bold and interesting, though uncommon, garden subjects that deserve wider appreciation.

Food Plants of the Sonoran DesertRoot Gorelick
Cactaceas Y Otras Plantas Nativas de la Canada Cuicatlan, OaxacaBrian Kemble
Aloes, aristocrats of Namibian FloraBrian Kemble
Coryphantha: Cacti of Mexico and southern USARoy Mottram

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