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

CSSA VOL.83, January-February 2011 No.1
Special IssueDuke Benadom
DonorsOur Sincere Appreciation
Aloe marlothii Why it failed as a commercial plantBruce Hargreaves
The Tree Aloes of Southern and Eastern AfricaErnst van Jaarsveld
Aloe palmiformis An endemic krantz aloe from AngolaGideon Smith and Estrela Figueiredo
Two new Aloe species from Uganda. Aloe butiabana and Aloe wanalensisThomas Cole and Thomas Forrest
The Speckled Aloes (with emphasis on Aloe Microstigma)Brian Kemble
Aloe argenticauda and Aloe pachygaster Two Vegetatively similar Aloe Species from the Winter Rainfall Highlands of Southern NamibiaTimothy S Harvey & John J Lavranos

On the cover Duke Benadom photographed specimens of Aloe spicata (syn. A. sessiliflora) from several angles, including this close-up of a raceme, as it is an unusually-beautiful plant. He and Artie Chavez first encountered this taxon on a steep hillside in Swaziland, just a kilometer or two from the Mozambique border. It is one of the species of Aloe that produces copious quantities of nectar. Visiting pollinators in Southern California include bees, hummingbirds, and even larger birds such as the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).This is a highly-rewarding plant, both for the beautiful array of flowers, and for the graceful, upturned leaves in a compact rosette.

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