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I'm a 62 year old retired electrician. My passion for succulents began in the 1970's and progressed quickly from a general interest, to the specialization of Conophytum, Adromischus and Crassula that I have today.

In the company of Derek Tribble, Andy Young, Steven Hammer, and others, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit South Africa many times, which has resulted in the discovery of eight new Conophytum taxa. On my second visit in 1994 I found a new species which was described by Steven Hammer and named Conophytum chrisolum in my honour. With Derek Tribble in 1996 we found a conophytum at Kangnas which Steven Hammer later described as Conophytum ectypum ssp.ignavum. Also in 1996 with Derek, Steven Hammer & Chris Barnill we discovered Conophytum tantillum ssp.amicorum.

In 2011, together with Andy Young, we described Conophytum 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 which must be one of the most exciting taxon to be discovered.

Yet another new species we found in the remote Groendoring river valley in the Richtersveld in 2009, we described as Conophytum smaleorum in the September 2013 issue of the BCSS journal, for our good friend Terry Smale. Our latest descriptions (2015) are C.crateriforme and C.confusum, both in BCSS Bradleya.

As well as co-authoring the Adromischus Handbook, I’ve contributed to many other books and journals. I wrote "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 second Conophytum book, "New Views of the Genus Conophytum" and also have photos in there.

I do not sell plants, seeds or books, but I am happy to hear from any Conophytum, Adromischus or Crassula enthusiasts to just talk about the plants or offer advice on any aspect of the genus.

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/.