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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Echinocereus apachensis

Named after the Apache trail - a road near Phoenix, AZ, where this plant is very common. Echinocereus apachensis is not well-known among the collectors, but very interesting plant, mainly because of it's long spines - usually not longer that 4 inches, but sometimes up to 5 inches long.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Echinocereus viridiflorus

This is one of the most frost-hardy cacti, found as far north as Wyoming. Interesting greenish flower appear in spring, same as most other Echinocerei.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mammillaria candida

Another 'classic' Mammillaria, long time been in cultivation. This is usually solitary plant, but there are also freely clumping forms known.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rebutia pygmaea 'diersiana'

Rebutia pygmaea flowering time again. I have a group of may be 40 of these small plants sharing the shallow 8-inch pot, today all covered with flowers.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Epithelantha micromeris

The tiny flowers are about 2-3 mm across, and will set red fruit even without pollinator's intervening.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sulcorebutia steinbachii

ID-in Sulcorebutia in many cases can be tricky - hundreds of forms are combined into species following some obscure logic, and lots of plants and seeds in trade are miss-labeled. This plant was grown from seeds labeled 'losenickyana' but does not match any reliable losenickyana image I could find.

Weingartia cintensis 'westii'

Interesting but uncommon Weingartia, with large flower and long spines. This is high mountain plant from Bolivia, occurring an 2500-3500 m altitude.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Echinocereus coccinneus

Nice easy blooming species, especially if receives plenty of sun light. This spiny form is characteristic to the part of the species areal North of Grand Canyon, and comes from Zion NP area.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ferocactus glaucescens

Always early spring bloomer - Ferocactus glaucescens. It is one of the smaller blooming Feros with plain yellow silky flowers.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mammillaria sphacelata ssp viperina

 Mammillaria sphacelata ssp viperina is small and eventually prostate plant, with finger-thick stems. The name refers to snake-like appearance of older plants stems.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Neowerdermannia vorwekii

Neowerdermannia vorwekii has been in cultivation since 1930-s, and despite that is a relative rare plant in collections. It is not especially hard in culture and seeds are available in trade. Small plants are readily flowering in early spring. Apparently flowers are self-fertile - something I did not know at the time of flowering, so I did not  pollinate them this time.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mammillaria laui subducta

Mammillaria laui subducta - a common plant, pretty with flowers and without. The plant on the picture are about 4 years old from seeds.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mammillaria ritteriana

Mammillaria ritteriana is now considered as a small form of M.chinocephala. It also has white 'wool' produced from axiles, and small off-white flowers. Closer look reveals pink color of filaments.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Echinocereus knippelianus

Echinocereus knippelianus is low growing species from Nuevo Leon state where it grows at higher elevations in the pine forests. The plants there are hiding under the pine needles.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Echinocereus cocinneus hybrid

New flowers on my E.coccinneus hybrid. Originated from natural crosses with E.dasiacanthus, this hybrid I have inherited dioecy of E.coccineus but has notably larger flowers.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Mammillaria bocasana 'multilanata'

Mammillaria bocasana is a popular plant, presented in cultivation for over 100 years. This is one of a few (5 or 6) 'hairy' Mammillaria species. The flowers are very modest, but still splendid.

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