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.

Photography05 Oct 2008 03:05 pm

Sarcocaulon crassicaule

This spiny shrub from Namibia in the geranium family can get to about 10″ tall. Well, that barely qualifies as a shrub.

Photography&Science04 Oct 2008 11:26 am

I don’t know what this is. We have a whole bunch of them growing. They’re only 4 years old, but I don’t even know if they’re a small barrel, getting close to full size, or if they’re a giant barrel just starting off. I’m guessing it’s an Echinocactus, but I just don’t know. I’ve identified about a dozen genuses it could be.

Photography30 Sep 2008 11:35 am

Here we have a beautiful daisy-like flower, larger than the little succulent hiding underneath. You can see it peeking through the petals. I wonder what it is?

Another picture after the break…

Photography26 Sep 2008 03:06 pm

Ipomoea jaegeri

Now that’s a stunning plant. The flowers last only the one day, but they’re quite big for a morning glory, about 4 inches across. Succulent stems, to 2 or 3 ft. Shrubby things.

Nursery&Photography25 Sep 2008 02:00 pm

Look what we found in among the olive trees.

There’s been a lot of spiders out this time of year. I carry a bamboo stake when coming in to the nursery first thing, to clear all the webs along the aisles. It’s starting to get to the point where they’re across the window on the car, across the front door at home, and they spin those webs so fast that you can clear an aisle and find another full web within an hour!

Maybe I should ask Keith to stop feeding them slugs so they’ll go away.

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