MSG Bulletin 22:2 Review

Editorial is dedicated to various group events: visit of Steven Hammer, exhibitions, membership renewal etc. There is a sad news: Michael Cocozza died, husband of Joyce Cocozza whose pictures decorate covers of bulletin.

Cornelia Clak told that considered extinct Circandra serrata is found again! There are two photos: plant in general (grassy plant with serrated leafs) and beautiful flower. I don't think this plant will attract those who fond of compactness, but this is a good news.

In the eighth part of “Lithoparian recollections” by Des and Naureen Cole there is description of “Guzzy”— their Land Rover who “Guz into desert”. They also wrote on their first trip for collection of late dr. Geyer.

J.J. du Toit describes Gibbaeum haagleni var. parviflorum (two photos) and suggest to move this variety to separate species Gibbaeum parviflorum.

Ian Nartowicz wrote on Ectotopis alpina, small plant (“leafs of 6–8 mm long”), close to delospermas, and growing. This article is accompanied with two photos too.

Quintin Payne discuss strange two-headed plant of Lithops localis: one head is gray, but other is pink.

Steven Hammer described his Brittish tour, when he gave lectures on succulents. He also described his impressions from meeting with English mesemb growers.

Andrew Young wrote on Delosperma sphalmanthoides — yet another pygmy plant, that as Ectotropis alpina may eventually deserve own genus.

J.J. du Toit wrote short report on searches to north from [Orange] river as Chris Rodgerson suggested. These search gave no result.

Theme of death is repeated too often in the issue: Hazel Hodgson, one of the best and active English succulent growers. There are several pages of “Remembrances of Hazel Hodgson”.

Lindsey Deaves describes her impression from Southampton meeting where Steven Hammer gave lectures on mesembs.

Patricia Burgoyne from South African National Biodiversity Institute writes about important scientific project—Mesemb Mapping Project: it will fill the mesemb-related gaps in National Herabrium (Pretoria) and produce digital map of mesems.

Suzanne Mace prepared review of mesemb-related articles in recent issues of Aloe, journal of Succulent Society of South Africa.

Steven Hammer sent interesting message about two remarkable Fenestraria seedlings: first, they grew in a pot with Frerea indica, second, both plants are as purple as Pleiospilos nelii ‘Royal Flush’. Let's hope we will see soon new Fenestraria cultivar!