Our El Paso Cactus and Rock Club Website

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Our El Paso Cactus and Rock Club Website

Postby hegar » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:30 am

Hello Forum Members,
in case you are interested:
We do have a nice website that is run by two retired college professors who are actually both fish specialists. That is why their site is named: Cichlidpress.
However, since moving to El Paso, the couple has fallen in love with our native flora, especially the cacti. They also use their photographic skills to publish the newsletter. What is an additional benefit for me, they both also speak German, as does our librarian, who is also in charge of the cactus rescue operations.
Here is the website address:
http://www.cichlidpress.com/elpasocactusclub/index.htm
I do hope, that you will enjoy taking a peek at what is going on here.

Harald

P.S.: For the big upcoming cactus rescue mission (over 5,000 acres of wilderness), we may actually send some of the haul to Arizona, perhaps have an exchange for some material that they salvage there, like Echinocereus pectinatus or small Carnegiea gigantea plants.
I am sure, that our club officers will work something out, so we do not have to let the plants go to waste.

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Postby daiv » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:43 am

Good Harald!

And to any other local Cactus/Succulent club members - feel free to plug your club on the forum. I am a big supporter of the local clubs and national organizations such as CSSA and BCCSS, etc.

Get involved!

Maybe a new thread for this?

Daiv
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Postby Tony » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:16 pm

Great web site! Im amazed at the amount of different native species that you have there Harald. :D Do you know why some of the species are listed twice?
Also, do you know what species are involved in the next rescue Operation?
Forget the dog...Beware of the plants!!!

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Postby iann » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:58 pm

Interesting stuff. More than one picture for some species, Tony. Can you really only buy from licensed cactus dealers in Texas?
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Postby hegar » Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:43 am

1. Some plants may be listed twice, because they are listed under different headlines, i.e. "Cacti for your yard" and "Cacti native to the El Paso, Texas Area".
2. Also, as already mentioned, the laws governing cactus sales in Texas are not overly strict. The website does mention, that some of the plants can only be legally obtained from a licensed dealer. This is the case for those cactus species that do have a very limited range of distribution and are thus protected by the Texas regulations. For example, the Echinocereus chisoensis plant is not found but in the Big Bend area of Texas, if I am correctly informed. Also, many of the CITES I plants cannot be obtained, except if they were grown from seed, i.e. are artificially propagated. Possession of wild collected plants is generally prohibited, although some plants acquired before the CITES regulations were enacted are "grandfathered in". I was astonishded though, that the CITES plant Ariocarpus fissuratus is not on the list of protected cacti within the state of Texas.
3. The kinds of cacti found during the plant rescue missions varies, but sometimes some species are encountered that were not expected. For example, of the 3,000 plus cacti rescued from the 51 acre hillside and arroyo area, there was one Sclerocactus uncinatus found. However, most of the plants were either Echinocereus dasyacanthus, Echinocactus horizonthalonius, Ferocactus wislizenii, and Coryphantha macromeris. Those are in addition to all the Opuntia and Cylindropuntia spp., which we mostly left behind.

Harald


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