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Friday, June 29, 2012

Echinocereus subinermus

One cactus flowers feature that rarely used by the photographer is their translucency. The back light turns them into lanterns, an interesting sight.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Parodia rauschii

This is a larger growing 'true' Parodia, with larger flowers. This plant is about 15cm/6 inches across now, and probably will grow larger. Brown-yellow spines with white flock as a background make it very colorful.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rebutia nana

Rebutia fabrisii 'nana' MN135 is very small-headed clustering dwarf form, freely flowering. A nice addition to Rebutia collection.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Parodia scopa

This pretty yellow-spinned form of P.scopa becomes more common. The plant is clumping freely, and promises to stay decorative when becomes large. Flowers are relatively small, as with all P.scopa forms.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Rebutia heliosa

Another orange flower, from Rebutia heliosa. This is a very compact plant, densely covered with tiny spines. The plants are smooth on touch.
Flowers are produced easily, and possibly largest in the genus.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rebutia muscula

Rebutia muscula is a small like all Rebutias clumping plant, and if grown under sufficient light is covered with dense short white spines. Orange flowers are easily produced around late spring and summer months.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lobivia caineana

Lobivia caineana has a simple Echinopsis-like stem, and nice pink flowers that make it welcome in many collections. This species is easily grown from seed, and flowers while small, as early as 3 years old.

Tephrocactus geometricus

Tephrocactus geometricus becomes more and more popular in collections, as seeds from Loro Huasi area plants becoming more available and growers figure the 'trickery' of raising these plants from seed.
Seed growing is actually fairly straightforward. To achieve high germination large seed needs to be tempered around micropylar area, and seedlings should not be exposed to high humidity of closed container.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lobivia winteriana

Lobivia wrightiana spp. winteriana is in bloom today. Nice plant, starts flowering when small and as it gets larger it regularly presents shows like that.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Echinocereus adustus schwartzii

Echinocereus schwartzii clearly differs from E.adustus not only by central spines, that E.adustus also ofen has, but by weaker and thinner radial spines. Also the flower petals are not rounded  but pointy. 
It is another 'classic' Echincereus, well worth having in collection. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Opuntia phaeacantha

As always large impressive flower of Opuntia. This plant is developing slowly from a single pad that I brought from Las Vegas area.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sulcorebutia flavissima

Here is a close up of this Sulco flower. S. flavissima in culture develops a large clump, with tight yellow spines hiding the stem. Flowers are relatively large.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Notocactus vencluianus

Notocactus (Parodia) ottonis vencluianus has the brightest blooms of all Notocacti. It's shiny red-orange flowers almost hurt your eyes.
It is easy and ready flowering plant, and deserves to be seen more in collections.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Airampoa (Tunilla) sp.

Finally, Tunilla with yellow blooms. This is a fragile plant with small segments, and needs to become a small bush-let to be able to produce flowers.This is a vegetatively propagated plant, bought from Mesa Garden nursery as 'Opuntia ovata'

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sulcorebutia pasopayana

Yet another Sulcorebutia and it's lowely flowers. Pink and yellow are the most common colors, but there are forms that are blooming plain red.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mammillaria insularis

Mammillaria insularis in full bloom again. By some reason this species is much more reliable bloomer than it counterpart across the California bay - M. boolii. At least that is the case in my greenhouse.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lobivia crassicaulis

Lobivia (Trichocereus) crassicaulis is a large growing plant, forming low wide clumps. Bright red flowers produced reliably in the summer.
The taxonomy of the species is a bit confusing, unless you call both Lobivia and Trichocereus - Echinopsis. The plant has Lobivia-like flowers, but grows too large to be welcomed into that genus of relatively small plants.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ferocactus glaucescens

Ferocactus glaucescens is one of a handful Ferocacti that grow large but start blooming relatively small. Once both of my plants reached flowering size, I was able to cross-pollinate them to make them set fruit. As many if not majority of cacti, Ferocacti self-sterile an require poling from another (genetically different) plant to produce seed.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Echinocereus scopulorum

Echinocereus scopulorum, flowering again. This is a nice compact plant with very fresh looking flowers. The flower tube is very spiny, similar to it's relative E.bristolii.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Parodia magnifica

Parodia magnifica with time forms large multi-headed plants. As with all Eriocacti (older generic name of this species) the flowers also get larger as the plant grows in size.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Turbinicarpus knuthianus

This is a still small seedling, grown under part shade and showing weak spines. It is eager to produce buds for about a year now, but needed to grow a bit to be finally able to fully develop them.
Turbinicarpus (Gymnocactus) knuthianusis is an old classic, still not common in collections. It is easily grown from seed, or sometimes available from the specialized nurseries.

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