Contents Volume 25. No 2

Summer 2014

Editorial and more Trevor Wray
Aloe cremnophila and Aloe jacksonii  cliff-dwellers from the Horn of Africa Colin  C. Walker
All about my Greenhouse Roland Tebbenham

BCSS Zone 6 Open Day

David Kirkbright
Pleiospilos compactus Trevor Wray
Opuntia macroacantha in habitat

Cover picture: You tend not to look at Opuntias in habitat. Unless they have spectacular flowers like this one. I recorded this at the time as Opuntia yellow flower. Well you can’t argue with that but I guess the species is O. macroacantha. It was near Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico.  

(A better image is here)




EDITORIAL and more.....

Well not too much more; we have tons of stuff for this issue.

Hi and welcome to this issue of Northants News, the magazine of the NMK branch of the BCSS. (That’s Northampton, Milton Keynes and Bedford we in NMK know.)


This issue brings you insider insights in Roland’s greenhouses from someone who should know; some wayside plants growing in Harrow and expert words on Aloe from our local World expert. And more.


A total irrelevance but I was looking at images of Adenium / Adenia goetzei taken at shows. The reason for the choice of generic name is that looking at the name tags on the cultivated plants they seem to be about 50/50. The two genera are not remotely related and they are in separate families and show classes. The internet does not seem to be confused and Adenia it should be. Seems to have strange flowers straight out the root and before the leaves. Have you grown it?

Browsing the Cactus Forum

I knew it was a bad thing to do but you have to do it. (I mean read the Forum.) In the offerings was this tempting titbit posted by our Tina under the title:

Re: Astrophytums- June Journal

Have to admit I have succumbed to buying some of the 'special astro's, there is soo much variety, this was a recent gift from Japan. It's quite large 5", just waiting for roots.

Anyone know what the trendy name is? Its label came in Japanese so no use to me.

Astrophytum myriostigma nudum 'Fukurya'

Astrophytum myriostigma nudum 'Fukurya'

Above: Tina's Atrophytum and       Right the same at this year's Glasgow Show

Sorry Tina - I have no idea what your trendy name is. A look on the net suggests it is a 'nudum'  form of A. myriostigma called 'Fukuryu'. But how about ‘Myffiostigma’?) However I am fascinated / horrified by these things. And I have accumulated quite a few images on my hard drive to stimulate me late at night - or more probably give me nightmares. Try these...

Astrophytum asterias 'Hanazono'

Above: Astrophytum asterias ‘Hanazono’

The thing above on the right must be from the same supplier as Tina’s and I saw it at the Glasgow Show. I can’t remember now whether I gave it a prize or not; it was in great condition for a thing that ugly! I also can’t remember if it had a name. Now that I might guess its origin I wonder if it glows at night.

By contrast the plant on the left has a name, Astrophytum asterias ‘Hanazono’. This was also snapped at Glasgow where someone has a penchant for the unusual.

Before we upset the grandchildren with these lurid images I will complete the set with some (below) that Stirling Baker brought along for his entertaining talk to our branch this March.

Enjoy the mag!

Cactophilitically, Trev  

Astrophytum asterias 'Captain's Stripes'

Astrophytum myriostigma 'Onsuka'

Astrophytum myriostigma 'Onsuka' detail

Left; Stirling Baker’s unusual Astrophytum ’Captain’s Stripes’

Middle: Stirling’s Astrophytum ‘Onzuka’

Right; Detail of the ‘skin’ of ‘Onsuka’.


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