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About the use and abuse of Peyote (Lophophora williamsii

(Lem. ex Salm-Dyck) J.M. Coult.) pag. 4

by Pedro Nájera Quezada et al., México

On the Turbinicarpus of Tamaulipas, part 1 pag. 33

by Leccinum J. García Morales, México

Six desert bulbous plants from South Africa pag. 48

by Judd Kirkel Welwitch, South Africa

R.I.P Aztekium valdezii …? pag. 70

by Dag Panco, Romania

Lophophora williamsii (Lem. ex Salm-Dyck) J.M. Coult. pag. 56

by Pedro Nájera Quezada et al., México

Demystifying the "Aramberri enigma" –
an interview with Dr. Andreas Laras pag. 19
by Dag Panco, Romania

The Changing Face of Succulent Publications pag. 79
by Graham Charles, England

The Genus Austrocactus pag. 43
by Aymeric de Barmon, France

Myths and truths about Ortegocactus macdougalii pag. 71
by Tóth Norbert, Hungary

Mammillaria albiflora (Werdermann) Backeberg 1937 pag. 81
by Ricardo Daniel Raya Sánchez, México

Notes on Mammillaria herrerae Werdermann

in habitat and culture pag. 97
by Stefan Nitzschke, Germany

Notes on in vitro propagation of Aztekium ritteri

and other species of Mexican cacti pag. 63
by Felipe Escudero Ganem, México

The Salvacactus de México Project pag. 87
by Gabriel Millán Garduño, México

A very sad story pag. 47
by Andreas Laras, Greece

Carl Spitzweg (1805-1885), the succulent plants lover pag. 91
by Eduart Zimer, New Zealand

On line magazines pag.101

Front cover: Aztekium hintonii

and Geohintonia mexicana
(Photo Andreas Laras)

Back cover: Mammillaria herrerae with pollinator
(Photo Stefan Nitzschke)


Xero - Files

Our Special Guests

Connoisseur's Notes

Ecology - Biology - Conservation

Xero - Arts

Bits and Pieces

The passion for cacti and other succulents

Founders and Senior Editors:

Eduart Zimer - Director and Editor (English)

Dag Panco - PR (Romanian)

Valentin Posea - Graphic layout and photo

Associate Editor: Pedro Nájera Quezada

Articles and other contributions, photos or other materials are always
welcome! Please send them to the email address below. The Editorial
Team will examine them carefully and decide on publication in one of the
upcoming issues. The next issue is scheduled to appear on March 30 2014.

The Editorial Team does not assume any responsibility for copyright; the
entire responsibility is resting with the authors. By simply submitting the
papers for publication the authors confirm that they are the legal copyright
holders. Opinions expressed by the authors in the journal are not necessarily
those of the members of Editorial Team. The Editorial Team is committed not
to use the material entrusted them in any other way except for publishing
them in the Xerophilia journal. Small alterations may be made; however, for
any major change we will seek the authors’ acceptance.

All rights reserved – no part of this publication may be
reproduced in any forms or by any means, without
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Aztekium valdezii dossier

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Brunsvigia pulchra (W.F.Barker) D.Mull- Doblies & U.Mull-Doblies

Pulchra means beautiful of its kind and this is truly a spectacular sight. This perennial geophyte grows up to 30 cm

tall and at an altitude of around 1000 meters above sea level. The distribution is in central Namaqualand to Northern

Namaqualand, this is a very rare and seldom seen species. Flowers are quite large and short lived and dry up very

fast in the heat. In the photographs the flowers are at their peak, the flowers rarely open up more than this, making

it a very strange Brunsvigia. Most plants in this genus open up to form a sphere or a ball shape of flower

arrangement. Flowering time is early in March – April. The leaves are not present during flowering and emerge only

after the flower has gone. They are typical flat medium sized green leaves which grow level on the ground.

Colchicum circinatum (Baker) J.C.Manning & Vinn. subsp. Circinatum

Leaves of this species die off completely in summer, so best to view these species is from March to August. The

common name is: “men in a boat”. They belong to the Colchicaceae family and under their synonym name they were

known as Androcymbium species. This one is very striking in that it occurs with very curly leaves and is heavily spotted.

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This makes it a very attractive species. They are relatively easy to grow as the corms store a lot of nutrient and water,

taking it through the dry, hot periods. Most of the time they grow under the shade of bushes and it’s very possible

that these flowers could be pollinated by rodents who visit at night.

Acknowledgements and Thanks

To Anthony and Gina Rausch: A huge thank you to my friends for an enjoyable trip through Namaqualand and the

Richtersveld zone in 2012.

References and further Readings

Graham Williamson, 2000. Richtersveld - the enchanted wilderness. Umdaus Press, Hatfield, S.A.

Abraham E. van Wyk & Gideon F. Smith, 2001. Regions of floristic endemism in Southern Africa - A review with

emphasis on succulents. Umdaus Press, Hatfield, S.A.

Șase plante bulboase de deșert din Africa de Sud

de Judd Kirkel Welwitch, Johannesburg, Africa de Sud

(traducere prescurtată)

Scopul acestui articol este de a prezenta cititorilor noștri câteva plante bulboase deșertice care se găsesc în regiunile

aride ale Africii de Sud, în Northern Cape și în regiunile vestice ale Richtersveld, renumite pentru flora suculentă.

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What else do we have prepared for our future issues?

Well, first of all we would like to announce our third special issue planned to be online in January 2014: Epiphytic

myrmecophytes of southern Asia and the southwest Pacific, by Derrick J. Rowe, New Zealand. Derrick has already

published his own DVD book back in 2010, entitled "Ant-plants: Arboreal Wonders of Nature", and co-authored

together with Attila

Kapitany "Australian ant-

plants: amazing

relationships with insects"

in 2012. Not to mention

several articles on the

subject, which have

appeared in prestigious

printed and online

magazines and journals

worldwide over the last few

years. This present paper

will cover the basic biology of these pretty much unknown plants, and will explore few hot spots where these weird

and often spectacular plants grow: Fiji, Australia and various regions of Papua New Guinea (New Britain Island,

Bougainville Island, the

Central Province, and the

Highlands). Prepare yourself

for an informative feast and

a pictorial delight. This will

be an English only issue.

And now, few other titles

from our next regular issue

( 8, March 2014):

Leccinum J. García Morales -

On the Turbinicarpus of

Tamaulipas, part 2; Attila

Kapitany - A new Australian intergeneric hybrid: xDisphyllum ‘Sunburn’; Gabriel Millán Garduño - Despite their

spines: Mexican cacti under threat; Miklós Ficzere - Cacti and succulents at -23

We would like to thank to all who contributed with articles, pictures and translations to this new issue! These

are the ones who allowed us this time to share the knowledge: Agócs György, Hungary, Andreas Laras,

Greece; Aymeric de Barmon, France; Balázs Zoltan, Hungary; Barta Laszlo, Hungary; Claudia López Martinez,

México; Felipe Escudero Ganem, México; Gabriel Millán Garduño, México; Graham Charles, England; Jovana

Jaime Hernández, México; Judd Kirkel Welwitch, South Africa; Jürgen Menzel, USA; Leccinum J. García

Morales, México; Manfred Stober, Germany; Manuel Salazar González, México; Lévai Melchior and Lévai

Magdolna, Romania; Mihai Crisbășanu, France; Pedro Nájera Quezada, México; Ricardo Daniel Raya Sanchez,

México; Sandi Karina Neri Cardona, México; Stefan Nitzschke, Germany; Tóth Norbert, Hungary.

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