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Borzicactus samaipatanus

Names and Synonyms of the genus Borzicactus

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Hamatocactus hamatacanthus

Names and Synonyms of the genus Hamatacanthus

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Grusonia emoryi
Grusonia invicta
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This page is dedicated to the plants of the cactus family, Cactaceae.
With lots of pictures, locale information, authors, synonyms, and generic care tips. My goal is to build a unsable online cactus encyclopedia. Please apologize that this cactus encyclopedia cannot be complete because of the huge number of genera. I use the taxonomy of Curt Backeberg based on the book "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walther Haage (1981).


Thanks to

My thanks goes to the famous cactus nursery Kakteen-Haage in Erfurt, which allowed me to use plant descriptions from the book "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walther Haage and images from their plants inventory on this homepage. Furthermore, I would like to thank the Botanical Garden of the University of Heidelberg, which that allowed the use of pictures from the collection of cacti by Werner Rauh. Thanks to all the cactus friends who helped me with their words and pictures. My special thanks to Immanuel Voigt and Edward Bartlett for correcting the English translation.

 

Published

The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society has recently published the TCSS Field Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents of Arizona.
T
he TCSS Field Guide to Cactus & other Succulents of Arizona is the definitive source for plant identification in habitat. A much needed update of the current taxonomy, distribution and status of native Arizona cactus and succulents. All documentation and photography was provided by TCSS members who have traveled all over the state to capture and document these wonderful plants.
302 pages, 430 color pictures, 130 taxa covered (all the cacti in Arizona), 130 maps, laminated cover, stitched spine. Forward by David Yetman, illustrations by Margaret Pope.

For all Cactus enthusiasts inside of Europe is this book
at Kakteen-Haage now available.
Click here to get a overview for that publication.

 

At one glance

The most beautiful pictures of the season 2012 at one glance in a slideshow now available.
Click to enjoy the slideshow. Have many fun at viewing.

 

 

Worth seeing

Images from collections, botanical gardens, cactus nurseries and national parks.
Clickable picture links, can be found here.

 

Viewed

Have a look at the highly respected Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society and their monthly Newsletter.
Very interesting is the Cactus Rescue Crew. They harvest cacti and other native plants that otherwise would be destroyed during the development of the Arizona real estate. The saved plants are offered at Cactus Rescue Sale, where everybody is welcome!

 

Current

The translation of the English version is not finished yet. Some parts are available in English. The translation goes on.
The work on the Encyclopedia is initially completed but will be continally corrected and updated.
I wish all visitors an informative and pleasant stay and enjoy your visit!

 

 

Care in February

General

Read the literature
Check labels on the plants,
renew or complete them.
Prepare larger amounts of substrate for seedlings
and for repot, dampen if possible.

Light/Ventilation

Offer plenty of light to the cacti, this is especially
important for the onset of life processes of plants. Give light shade to the plants if strong sunlight, especially cover fresh green and less spined species with tissue paper or garden fleece.
Ventilate on warmer days, avoid drafts.

Temperature

Do not let rise temperatures above 16°C (60°F) at the winter site on sunny days (with the exception of the winter growing cacti).
Keep some extra protection for any cold spells ready.

Water/Nutrients

Deal with water just economical. Shrinkage phenomena, or the first buds on the cacti are not a reason for increased watering and for a buzz off over the plants.
Epiphyllum driving again, so water more abundant. Beginning of the re-potting of the not contained in the impulse cacti.
Mind the correct composition of the substrate (possibly check the pH value).

Reproduction

Sowings continue with additional light and temperatures around 25°C (77°F).

Pest control

The regular inspection of cacti on pest infestation continues, use powdered pesticides.

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