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

CSSA VOL.80, September-October 2008 No.5
Conservation massacre Ariocarpus bravoanus driven near extinctionHéctor M Hernández
Stalking the wild Lophophora : PART 2 Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas
PLUS: The Hitchhiker's Guide to molecular systematics
Martin Terry
Sclerocactus nyensis and the Great Basin DesertZlatko Janeba
Three new succulent peperomias from PerúGuillermo Pino
Opuntia fragilis in MichiganEric Ribbens and Alicia Giesler
Acidic Solutions Adjusting water's pH improves plant growthMalcolm Burleigh, Elton Roberts and D.Russell Wagner
Melocactus alex-bragai long known but never describedPierre J.Braun and Eddie Esteves Pereira
Larger than reported A giant form of Echinocactus texensis turns up in New MexicoGary Duke and Maria Creste
Cactus tips from a master grower EchinofossulocactusElton Roberts
Succulents on Stamps: Succulent formsPeg Spaete

On the cover Many interesting plants inhabit the arroyos of Mexico's Sierra La Paila foothills north of Estación Marte, Coahuila. This fat and healthy Lophophora williamsii (the maligned Peyote cactus) is obviously at home here. It thrives wedged into the smallest of crevices on fantastically shaped rocks, where it is well adapted to the colors and shapes of its surroundings. More strange succulents can be found in this area, including Grusonia bradtiona, an ocotillo species, Epithelantha bokei, and many more. There's even an echeveria, E. strictiflora, that can survive the hot dry climate but only in the shade of bushes and rocks high up in the arroyos. Julia Etter and Martin Kristen captured our cover image. More about this, the friendliest of cacti, can be found beginning on page 222, Martin Terry's second installment on his adventures collecting tissue samples from peyote populations throughout its range.

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