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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lobivia einsteinii v gonjianii

This form of L.einsteinii looks a lot like R. pygmaea, even with flowers. You have to look at the flower tube to see the true plant identity. Flower tubes of this plant have a lot more 'hair' than any Rebutia flower.

R. einsteinii is a nice species, not too common i collections. Lots of new forms was discovered in recent years, including the red flowering form of this usually yellow or orange flowering species.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mammillaria saboae ssp.roczekii

Mamm. roczekii is a larger of M.saboae group. All jf M. saboae are very desired plants in collection, as miniature species with large showy flowers. This pictured plant is a 2 year old seedling, with it's disproportional large first flower.
This species is a bit difficult to germinate, but otherwise straightforward in culture.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Echinocereus scheeri

Echinocereus scheeri is well-known and easy to grow, but by some reason an unpopular cactus. This species was discovered in 1840-s by Potts brothers who were sending plants to Kew gardens on regular basis.
This is a variable species, forming low-growing spiny clumps.

The flower in picture is in the process of opening up, to become filly-open in several hours.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Echinocereus bristolii

Echinocereus bristolii is a compact species very similar in appearance to E. reichenbachii, but with much larger flowers and somewhat larger stems.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mammillaria albiflora

This large Mammillaria albiflora plant gets completely burred under it's white flowers every spring. Mammillaria albiflora is usually a small plant, but this one is grafted on Trichocereus and shows this uncharacteristic but spectacular habit. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mammillaria magnifica

Mammillaria magnifica is a large, taller growing Mammillaria species with long hooked centrals. It branches from the base, slowly developing into impressive clumps. Pink to red flowers show in late spring and usually form a belt around the stem.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mammillaria hutchisoniana

Mammillaria hutchisoniana is Baja California peninsula species. It is one of the larger-flowered Mammillarias, with characteristic for this group long stigma lobes.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Echinocereus viereckii ssp. morricalii

Echinocereus viereckii ssp. morricalii is one of a few spineless (almost) Echinocerei, with remarkable large and easy produced flowers. This is easy species, suitable for beginner grower.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Coryphantha echinus

This is a small Texan species, densely spinned and clumping. Most common among Coryphanthas silky yellow flowers are produced early in age and freely, usually several times over the season.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rebutia fiebrigii

This plant is year-round bloomer in my collection, with a short break in the middle of the winter. R. fiebrigii is variable in appearance and flower color, and loved in collection for it's denser spines.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Escovaria arizonica

Escovaria arizonica is one of easier in culture species, variable in appearance but not in flower. It blooms readily in late spring-early summer, with nice pink flowers. It is also cold and wet winter-hardy. 
 By some reason the whole Escobaria genus does not get the popularity it deserves among collectors.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tunilla erectoclada 'pikardoi'

This spring my T. pikardoi is the very happy bloomer. It is a large creeping plant that is left outside for the winter rains. With my first watering I have provided extra dose of fertilizer, as the grow media was washed clean over the winter. Apparently that was the proper thing to do.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Echinocereus dasyacanthus

Yet again, it is E.dasyacanthus blooming time. This form has remarkably large flowers, about 5 inches wide when fully open.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Gymnocalycium horridispinum

Gymnocalycium horridispinum is a somewhat forgotten species, treated as G.monvillei form now days. It is one of the larger Gymnos with showy pink flowers. The adult plant stem is somewhat simple-looking and could be mistaken for Echinopsis.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Notocaus rutilans

Notocaus rutilans is a small plant noted for it's colorful flowers. It is common and often can be spotted at garden center succulent benches. Small plants look neat, but with age they stay single-stemmed and tend to turn misshaped and ugly. Flowers stay nice though.