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November 2013 Meeting: Schlumbergera / Mark Preston

Our last talk in 2013 was Mark Preston’s excellent introduction to the six species of Schlumbergera – of which the ‘Christmas Cactus’ is one. This is a group of epiphytic or lithophytic cacti (i.e. they root in organic matter on trees or on rocks respectively) that have been adapted to environmental conditions one tends to […]

Cactus of the Year 2014: the Christmas Cactus

Each autumn, the German equivalent to the BCSS announces a ‘Cactus of the Year’. For 2014 they picked the Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera. Look on their website for an article on Christmas Cacti; there is an English translation available for download too. Don’t forget our talk on this subject this coming Tuesday, 19 November, with Mark Preston. […]