Free baby cacti (and succulents, and broms)

Today, whilst taking a load of rubbish to the tip, I happened upon some poor abandoned babies left out to die. Actually, there was a small mountain of them, but I only have so much room in my garden, and the tip has a no ‘scavenging’ policy. Although, technically I was rescuing not scavenging. I rescued a bromeliad and some succulents. Note the cool white dots on the brom. Funny thing is, my friend was going to buy one of the flower-shaped succulents yesterday, but I said I was sure I could get a cutting from somewhere, and I did!

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On my way home I happened to pass some cacti growing by the side of the road. I’m going to go back and photograph them as I didn’t have my camera on me, but for now here are the cacti babies I obtained. I have no idea what they are, so if anyone has any idea, please please please let me know!

Is this a Trichocereus?

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No idea what this is….but it looks variegated. *edit* Could this be Euphorbia lactea? I’ll post some pics of the larger plants tomorrow.

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I have been allowed to enter the amazing world that is Cacti. Having been obsessed with plants for many years, I have never felt an interest for cacti. Until now, that is. I suddenly feel quite drawn to these amazingly weird looking plants (weird looking compared with the species in my vicinity), almost like they noticed me and invited me over….


My very first cacti. I think it’s a Matucana madisoniorum. I got this from Bunnings, along with two Lithops and a Pleiospilos nellii.

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The Lithops (above) and Pleiospilos (right). Now hooked, I went to the markets this-morning in search of cacti.

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The only cacti stall, above.

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My new babies, above, will have a garden created for them in a sunny spot that is protected from rain by the eaves of my house. Although I do not yet know much about cacti, I know they are from arid environments, so should fill this spot quite well. I am in awe of their beauty, but as yet unsure of their i.d. They were labelled by the woman I bought them from and I think their i.d’s are correct, but if they are mis-labelled and you recognize this, please let me know! Also, there are two species which were not labelled (from a different vendor), so if you know what they are, please let me know 🙂


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I saw this guy and had to have him. His label says Gymnocalycium horridispinum (above). I think it’s i.d is correct.


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Trichocereus huascha (above).



Stenocactus multicostatus (above).



Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’ (above).



Mammillaria elongata,  crest (above). It’s spines are quite yellow, but my camera does not show colour well.



Mammillaria Patoni (above).



Mammillaria prolifera (above), with one tiny hot-pink fruit showing.



Mammillaria guelzowiana (above).



This one (above) was not labelled. Is it a Dolichothele longimamma?


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These I got from a different vendor. I am guessing they too are some kind of Mammillaria. Anyone?

I will look into what traditional uses they have, and post on them when I find out. Well, that’s it for now. I hope to post more regularly, but I’ll see how I go.