A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

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A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by Victoria » Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:58 pm

I have a couple of newbie type questions I hope someone doesn't mind answering.

What are collection and accession numbers? I've got a vague idea but would love for someone to explain it properly.

Are BCSS branch events members only?

What exactly are the 'Round Robins' mentioned in the journal?

Thanks for any enlightenment!

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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by CactusChris » Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:05 pm

Hi Victoria,
I'll have a go -
Collection and accession numbers are given to plants or seed when plants are collected in the wild. These numbers are related to the collector and the collector is supposed to keep records of where, when and other details of the collection. this helps later, especially if the plants are not identified at the time. There is a look- up site on the web with a lot of this available - type in a collection number (KK1234) and it will try to tell you what the plant is. From a collectors point of veiw the different numbers often mean different strains - some may have longer spines or darker flowers.
Accession numbers are like this - sometimes they just relate to new acquisitions rather than collected material (especially for say Botanic gardens recording who gave them plants and when etc)

BCSS branch events are 'generally' no limited to members. They will normally make a charge to cover room hire and speaker costs but usually will welcome you in. Once you go a few times they may try to get you to join, but I've never known anyone be turned away. They are an excellent place to take unidentified plants - some bright spart will normally put a name on it for you, and ofter someone takes a tray of sales plants as well.

Round robins are only open to members (I think). It's like a circulating letter that each one in the chain adds their expeiences to, and lists wants etc.. Good for enthusiasts and give a very personal note to a set of 'new' friends.

It all seems a bit daunting at first - but becomes very familiar quite quickly so keep at it.

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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by iann » Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:19 pm

I'll add that an accession number need not identify only wild-collected plants. It may identify a plant (or group of plants) propagated in-house or received from another cultivated source. An accession number strictly identifies all plants from the same source at the same time (ie. an accession) with the same number, although this may be appended to give every plant (which may include dead specimens) a unique identifier. I use a unique identifier for each of my plants, certainly not a field collection number (which I also store), but effectively an accession number.

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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by Phil_SK » Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:11 pm

round robins are not just called such by the BCSS
Phil Crewe, BCSS 38143. Mostly S. American cacti, esp. Lobivia, Sulcorebutia and little Opuntia
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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by Julie » Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:56 pm

Aaah. I've also known it used when I was little for singing eg. London Bridge, where one group of children follow on two or four lines behind.

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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by Julie » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:15 pm

It's nice to know that non-members can go to meetings. I'll get up to date with all memberships when I get a job. But, I can't really make Northampton on a weekday evening with public transport, member or not. :(

I'd only go and buy another plant, anyhow... *must stop* :)

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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by Victoria » Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:38 pm

Thanks for all your answers, the info on collection and accession numbers is particularly welcome and is now demystified. Glad to hear non-members are ok at BCSS events, I am a member but am a little nervous about going and was hoping I could take my other half along just for the first couple.

Thanks again.

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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by Colin Walker » Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:30 am

Hi Julie,

Don't know if this has come up before, so sorry if this is a repeat.

But both Chief Mod (aka Tina) and myself are members of the Northampton and Milton Keynes Branch, as are at least two other members of this Forum. If we can help at all with branch attendance, maybe contact one of us privately.

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Re: A few general cacti and BCSS related questions

Post by Maria J » Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:58 am

Victoria, you must go! I love the meetings (I started going in June) and look forward to each month's now! Everyone is really nice & like-minded, so you can't go wrong!

Julie, no matter how many times you tell yourself that, you'll still always find a little space 'just for one more'!! ;-)
Hope you can also make it to a meeting at some point!

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Tending more towards cacti :D, particularly Gymnocalyciums, Rebutias, Sulcorebutias, Echinopses, Thelos, Feros and Mamms (and anything else I like the look of!) all in an 8 x 6 polycarb greenhouse and a few windowsills!
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