CactusWorld 2016/1


The Society journal  appears quarterly and is a richly illustrated, topical and informative journal which is highly respected worldwide.Currently issued in B5 format with beautifully illustrated, laminated covers the journal usually runs to 56 pages, though occasionally longer editions are produced as well as Special Issues. Older issues may differ.



  • Editor’s comments by Al Laius
  • A month in Mexico – part 2 by Ian Woolnough
  • The Alameda by Peter Berresford
  • Presidential potted plants – Agave macroacanthaby Colin C Walker
  • Photographing your plants by John Ellis
  • Going potty by Paul Klaassen
  • Islaya divaricatiflora F. Ritter – the red-flowered islaya by Zlatko Janeba
  • CactusTalk
  • Plants of the quarter
  • In my greenhouse by Tony Harcourt
  • Flower variability in a single population of Piaranthus geminatus by David Cumming
  • Readers’ views by Al Laius
  • Literature review

Front cover: When I was young, my dad would take me for occasional visits to cactus nurseries on his way to work. One such visit I remember being given a budget to spend and was torn between two large golden spined cacti, one grafted and labelled Eriosyce aurata, the other, on its own roots, was Echinocactus grusonii. E.aurata had a reputation of’being difficult’, prone to rot, which is why it was grafted, so I opted for the E.grusonii. In the end however, I chose a dozen or so Rebutia and Sulcorebutia, which would take up the, same amount of space as one of the larger plants. In 2001 I saw my first habitat plant of E.aurata on a visit to Bosque Fray Jorge National Park, but was disappointed that there was no sign of the yellow spination that had given the plant its name. Later, I learned that for the yellow spined plants I had to drive to Vicuna in the Elqui Valley, where the plants at Tres Cruces have regularly featured on my itineraries ever since. (Photo: Paul Klaassen)

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