I'm a 54 year old retired electrician. My passion for succulents began in the 1970's and progressed quickly from general interest, to the specialization of Conophytum and Adromischus I have today. In the company of Derek Tribble, Steven Hammer, Prof Andrew Young and others, I’ve now visited South Africa many times. My second visit in 1994 resulted in the discovery of a new species. This was described by Steven Hammer and named Conophytum chrisolum in my honour.
In 2011, together with Andy Young, I described my first Conophytum; C.buysianum ssp. politum in "Bradleya", the BCSS yearbook. In December 2012 I described a new species in the BCSS journal as Conophytum youngii. We discovered this together in 2011 and it gave me great pleasure to name it for my friend and current travelling companion, Prof. Andy Young. See the gallery pictures of this superb new species.
As well as co-authoring the Adromischus Handbook, I’ve contributed to other books and journals. I produced "Cono Corner" in every issue for the first 10 years of the Mesemb Study Group Bulletin and still publish occasional articles there. I’ve written on Conophytum & Adromischus in NCSS/BCSS journals, Aloe and The Cactus File.
Photography has long been another interest and I’ve had pictures published in many books, including Steven Hammer's The Genus Conophytum. I am a contributing author (Conophytums & Commerce) in Steven's last Conophytum book, "New Views of the Genus Conophytum" and also have photos in there.
In response to requests from other enthusiasts, I offer propagations from my extensive collections of documented Conophytum and Adromischus plants by mail order. Most of the seed I produce is donated to the Mesemb Study Group and is offered on their annual list. See http://www.mesemb.org/ or use the link above for membership details.
I also grow and can suppply Adromischus.
I sell unrooted leaves and sometimes have rooted plants for sale.
Please enquire for details. CR@conophytum.com