Carnivorous Plants&Photography16 Nov 2008 08:55 am

Drosera adelae

Here we have a fine example of a sundew from Australia. It’s practically nature’s flypaper. Sticky and attractive to flies, it digests the insects right out in the open for all to see.

I especially like the new fronds unfurling.

And those are bloom stalks, but the flowers were too tiny for me to catch on film.

Photography10 Nov 2008 10:21 am

Adenium obesum

The classic succulent flower. The color naturally ranges from white to red, with many pinks in between. Grows a moderate sized caudex, with long succulent stems. Some people like to name a variety when they find a flower color they like, but I am morally opposed to such frippery. The flower colors vary naturally, and widely. They’re individuals, don’t you know. They aren’t all exactly the same and that’s OK.

Did I mention that I like my camera?

Photography09 Nov 2008 09:54 am

We had a different plant labeled A. urbicum. But then we decided we were wrong. And that this one must be A. urbicum. What do you think?

Aeoniums are difficult. There aren’t a lot of good pictures from which to ID them. We’re clearly going to have to get the big Aeonium book from Australia. That’ll be fun. Then we’ll change all the names around again.

Photography08 Nov 2008 01:00 pm

Crassula perforata “Tom Thumb”

This miniature version of the ever-popular “Jade Necklace” is a bouquet of flowers all in one. No need for anything else. I mean, look at how those stems hold those little blooms up in the air. You don’t need to cut the stems and prop the cut blooms up in a bud vase. Oh no, you can just leave them there, as they are, potted up and everything. And you can enjoy the little bouquet for weeks. I say you should get one for your mother, if her birthday is this month. You’ll thank me later.

Photography07 Nov 2008 09:12 am

Argyroderma testiculare – a small mesemb with a funny name. I wonder why they call it that? Oh well, I guess we’ll never know.

Photography06 Nov 2008 09:28 am

Caralluma deflersiana

Some of the worst smelling carrion flowers, from Southern Arabia. Enjoy!

Photography05 Nov 2008 08:22 am

The election is over, and I hope all your candidates won.

Alaskans are crazy (and I say that as someone who still has lots of friends/relatives up there.)

Californians too.

Anyway, as I was saying, it’s back to cactus for you.

Eriosyce occulta – don’t you just love black plants? They’re quite rare in nature and so they seem very special.

Photography&Polls04 Nov 2008 08:11 am

Edithcolea grandis

Election Day! Carrion Flower! Go vote or else!

Photography03 Nov 2008 08:10 am

Edithcolea grandis

I have no idea who this Edith person is and why she has a carrion flower named after her.

The flower only last for a day, maybe a bit of a 2nd day at most. The stems are sprawling. It’s easy to get it to bloom, and is not as stinky as other carrion flowers. Look deep into the center, for tomorrow is election day and I can think of nothing better than getting right into the middle of a carrion flower to encourage you to vote (I mean I’m going to have a closeup of the flower tomorrow, but only if you promise to vote.)

Photography31 Oct 2008 10:08 am

Yesterday’s butterfly was a nice straight-on shot of the back of the wings.

Here we see that the underside of the wings has even more aggresive patterning. Nice.

I like the butterfly patterning juxtaposed with the Euphorbia milii’s inflorescence patterning. Nice bracts.

Photography30 Oct 2008 08:08 am

Butterfly on a Euphorbia milii with a Coleonema pulchellum in the background.

Nice patterning.

Photography21 Oct 2008 11:25 am

As promised yesterday, the final shot of the Echinopsis terscheckii in bloom. Click the picture for the full size image. I especially love the subtly peach-colored sepals surrounding the white petals.

Photography20 Oct 2008 11:12 am

Last week I posted this Echinopsis terscheckii in bud, and said I would post when the bloom has opened. Now it is opened. Can you tell?

Tomorrow I’ll post another shot.

Photography18 Oct 2008 11:42 am

Solanum quitoense – A large-purple-leafed shrub produces delicious juicy fruits called naranjillos. Plant them for the purple fuzzy leaves, harvest them for the juice. Be the first on your block, I always say.

Photography17 Oct 2008 12:57 pm

Echinopsis terscheckii – Faster than a Saguaro, mature (i.e. blooming age) much younger, but really just as impressive, it’s the Cardon Grande from Argentina.

These used to be classified as Trichocereus, but then all the tricho’s as well as the lobivias, and more all got moved into Echinopsis. I wonder how long that will last?

I’ll update you when the bud opens, maybe even post a photo of the bloom. Actually, I think it’s pretty much guaranteed I’ll be photographing the bloom and posting it on the blog.

Photography16 Oct 2008 11:25 am

Ferocactus pottsi – generally not a fall bloomer, but we have a few fero’s with a few late blooms, including this large specimen. With some buds still left to bloom, maybe in early winter!

Photography16 Oct 2008 06:54 am

I don’t know what this pixdaus site is, but they give you embed codes for the pictures, so here’s a nice cactus in bloom from Q T Luong.

I’m going to guess it’s an echinocereus, but that red is very very red.

Photography15 Oct 2008 11:01 am

Gymnocalycium stenopleurum v. friedrichii

Click the picture to see the whole thing.

Photography09 Oct 2008 12:27 pm

Gerrardanthus macrorhiza

Classic caudex-forming plant from South Africa. Easy to grow, with massive vining. Tiny flowers coming right at the leaf nodes off the vine. Nice orange color, very unusual.

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family comes from southern Africa. First described by Benth & Hooker, and then by William Henry Harvey in 1867.

Photography06 Oct 2008 10:19 am

Quiabentia verticillata

Rare cactus. See those leaves on top of that extra spiny body? Must be in the Pereskioideae sub-family. But no! It’s in the Cylindropuntia cactus tribe. i.e. it’s a cholla! Anyway, from Argentina, they can grow into giant trees. But they’re slow growing here in California.

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