Cacti in Mexico

These pictures were taken during two trips to Mexico.

My first visit to Mexico was at the beginning of November 1996 in the company of Paul Hoxey. We were lucky to be taken on two field trips by Charlie Glass and the staff of CANTE in San Miguel de Allende. This being our first trip into the field, Charlie's guidance in what to see, and especially identification, was invaluable, and without his help I'm sure we would have seen far fewer species.

My second visit was in March 1998, this time without Charlie's expert help, but again with Paul Hoxey, and joined by Peter Berresford and Jos Huizer, both very knowledgable on Echinocereus. Identification had to rely on our own knowledge and from studying the literature. Of course some species are easy to identify, but all Coryphantha and some Mammillaria remain a mystery to me!

The areas visited partly overlapped, and consist of parts of the states of Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Leon.

There are around 100 images on the web site at present, mainly from the first trip, with those from the second being added. You'll find pictures of Ancistrocactus, Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Ferocactus, Echinocactus, Echinocereus, Homalocephala, Leuchtenbergia, Lophophora, Mammillaria, Obregonia, Stenocactus, Strombocactus, Thelocactus, Turbinicarpus, and various other succulent plants.

If you happen to be viewing in 256 colours or less, then if your hardware supports it, give one of the modes with more colours a try. I was surprised at how much better some pictures can look.

I'd welcome any suggestions on how to make this look better. I've tried to keep image sizes down, as not everyone has a high-speed link and a large screen.

And while pictures including other people have been appearing here, I was always behind the camera, so here's one with me on (also with some Stenocereus).

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