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CSSA VOL.79, January-February 2007 No.1
Achlorophyllous Mammillaria grahamii in Tempe, ArizonaRoot Gorelick
Nichols Turk's Head conservation at Ironwood Forest National MonumentBill Thornton
Home Grown Cactus tips from a master grower-AriocarpusElton Roberts
Under Discussion Mexican Oddities - Strombocactus, Pelecyphora, Obregonia, Aztekium, Geohintonia and LophophoraFred Dortort
Aloe verecunda Fiery flowers in the grasslands of South AfricaCharles Craib
Miracle Pots Hardy Succulents in ContainersPanayoti Kelaidis
Book Reviews Bradleya 24Root Gorelick
Organ Pipe CactusRussell Wagner
Pterodiscus ngamicus in the Limpopo River Basin Limpopo Province, South AfricaCharles Craib
Succulents on Stamps Mesembs Part 1Peg Spaete

On the cover. Laurence Garvie captured this magnificent moment on a foggy December day in the North Maricopa Mountain Wilderness southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The cacti in the photo are the Teddy-bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) and large columnar Saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea), both of which are locally common. Also visible in the photo are the perennials Encelia farinoso and Lycium berlandieri. Many years of below-average rainfall had put a strain on even the most hardened desert plants in this area, and many stands of cacti exhibited high levels of mortality. The drought broke when the 2004-2005 winter brought an unusual abundance of rain. Fog is rare in southern Arizona, with only a handful of foggy days recorded each year. In contrast, it is a dominant form of precipitation in many coastal and environments.

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