More new cacti!!

So, I bought a couple of plants from a little old lady yesterday. She didn’t know what species they were, and I’m not sure either. They are in pretty bad shape. I’m really hoping that a cactus nerd will just stumble across my blog today and give me some advice on what these cacti are and how I can help them.

This one is my favourite. I’m hoping it will make a really nice column for my new cacti garden. It looks pretty sick, and is quite soft and spongy to the touch. It was buried at the back of a pile of old plant pots, so I think it is sun deprived and dehydrated. I don’t know what the brown splotches are. I think it may be a Trichocereus. What do you think?

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This one is pretty cool also, though it is waterlogged and was in the shade. I don’t know what species it is. Any suggestions?

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These are ones I didn’t really want, but she made me take them. An Opuntia something, and what I suspect may be a Euphorb.

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Oh yeah, and this poor baby…

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Any help with i.d. or with how to help them back to health would be immensely appreciated!

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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Cacti

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….

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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).

 

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Stenocactus multicostatus (above).

 

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Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’ (above).

 

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

 

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Mammillaria Patoni (above).

 

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

 

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Mammillaria guelzowiana (above).

 

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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.