Ayr Branch BCSS

May 2012 Meeting &

Plant of the Month Competition

Haworthias by Graham Walker

Graham has been growing plants for 35 years, and his main plant is Haworthia, which he has been growing for 25 years. These plants started as Aloes in 1685, but were accepted as a separate genus in 1812-1827. In the mid 1800's it was put back into Aloes, then in 1870 it was reintroduced back into Haworthia.

The plant was named after Adrian Hardy Haworth, 1768-1833, most of the plants come from south of South Africa. There are three main sections - Haworth/Hexangulares/robustipedunculares. We then went on to see some habitat places and some pot plants in his collection. Associated genera are sometimes cross hybrids, we then saw some plants in the "Baker" collection and David Slade's habitat shots.

An excellent talk given very well by Graham, who the following day judged the zone show which we were hosting.

Plant of the Month Pictures - Gymnocalycium

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