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Friday, September 21, 2012

Echinocactus grusonii

Yet another shot of the popular 'golden barrel'. This is the detail shot of  a large specimen growing on the grounds of Stanford Arizona Garden in Palo Alto CA. Note the seeds littering the yellowish felt in the lower right side of the picture.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ariocarpus fissuratus

Ariocarpus is a fall-flowering genus. All species are relatively slow growing cacti, but easy in culture and reliable bloomers. They can start flowering as early as two to five years from seed, depending on the species.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Matucana aurantiaca 'pallarensis'

Matucana pallarensis is a form of wide spread M.aurantiaca, a large growing Matucana. This plant I have is about 6in/15cm in diameter and has started becoming short-cylindrical. It blooms sporadically year around, responding to cooler spells in the summer and warmer days in winter.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Oroya borchersii

Oroya borchersii is a high mountain plant from Peru where it grows at altitudes above 4000m. Oroyas are straightforward in culture, but do not like high temperatures much. Cooler springs would result in more reliable flowering.
This plant developed buds in early fall, responding to the end of summer cool down.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sulcorebutia steinbachii

Sulcorebutia steinbachii is a variable species, both in spines and flower color. Many Sulcorebutia names are actually treated as forms of that species. Relatively small flowers pink or red or yellow - are easily produced.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ferocactus emoryi ssp. rectispinus

Ferocactus rectispinus is known for its fierce spines, longest of all Ferocacti - up to 25cm/10in long. The plant in picture has a size of a soccer ball.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cleistocactus winteri

Cleistocactus winteri AKA Hildewintera aureispina is a common hanging basket plant, favored for it's golden stems. Nice orange flowers is a great bonus. Wide open flower was the reason this species was not recognized as CLeistocactus, but in all it is a very close relative and should be included into this genus
The plant in picture grows in Stanford Arizona Garden, planted in the ground.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Eriosyce subgibbosa

Eriosyce subgibbosa JA126 is in bloom again. The seedlings getting bigger, larger pot is long overdue.