Joe Stead of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA, has become known in southern CA for his booming baritone speaking voice and his spectacular show specimens grown to horticultural perfection. In collaboration with meticulous macro-photographer Dan Houston, they have pursued the often delayed gratification of research into the cultivation and propagation of succulent rarities, notably pachycauls like Operculicarya and Fouquieria. Their work has become more widely known through articles published in recent years in the Cactus and Succulent Journal. Like any inquisitive horticulturist, Joe has delved into hybridization of these groups with some eagerly anticipated results. Among those is this Fouquieria hybrid that combines the white flowers of F. purpusii with the red flowers of F. macdougallii to produce pink instead, hence the cultivar name, a play on Joe’s last name. The inflorescence is an open panicle similar to that of the pollen parent as are the stems with an overlying, flaking periderm partly concealing the green epidermis and the characteristic decurrent leaf bases. The stems will eventually thicken to form a caudiciform base similar to that of F. macdougallii. This new hybrid was first published in the July-August, 2010 issue of the Cactus and Succulent Journal and is now ready for general release. Rooted cuts of HBG 109999. $12.