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CSSA VOL.78, March-April 2006 No.2
John Lavranos: A Legacy of Botanical DiscoveriesDylan P Hannon
Aloe orlandi A surprising discovery from the horn of AfricaJohn J.Lavranos
Finders, Keepers, and some Lavranian Adjustments in MesembryanthemaSteven Hammer
Ferocactus : Book ReviewVonn Watkins
A pearl-skinned beauty from the KnersvlakteSteven Hammer
The Huntington Botanical Gardens presents the 2006 offering of International Succulent IntroductionsJohn N.Trager
On creating the book Grass aloes in the South African veldCharles Craib
Grass aloes in the South African veld Book ReviewJohn Lavranos
A mistletoe that attacks cacti: Ligaria cuneifolia infects Corryocactus brevistylusJames D Mauseth, Stephen Benigno, Fatima Caceres Huamani & Carlos Ostolaza
A name for a hybrid Kalanchoe now naturalized in FloridaDaniel B.Ward
Succulents on Stamps Euphorbiaceae, Part 2Peg Spaete
On the cover. If the last century of contributions to our knowledge of succulents plants could be compared to a large greenhouse, then John Lavranos would be one of the supporting poles near the center. Not only has he found so many of Mother Nature's well hidden and most beautiful succulent treasures, but he has shared the resulting knowledge and material with utmost generosity. The combination of skills needed to do what he has done so far is only rarely found in a single human, and more than once have I heard the word genius used where John was discussed. But please note the emphasis in the last sentence, because at 80, John still regularly goes exploring in Africa, Madagascar and the Yemen! No doubt this Pablo Picasso of the succulent plant world will keep on doing his thing for more than another decade. So this issue, dedicated to John, is definitely no premature homage, but rather a long overdue applause of respect and appreciation for all that he has contributed... so far. - Gerhard Marx

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