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What is the name please Strange as it may seem it looks fairly common to me

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What is the name please
Strange as it may seem it looks fairly common to me, but I am unable to identify the name I hope some one can help, from my last question the Carraluma Deflersiana is doing fine (though it has not yet flowered), and so is this one after a very slow start, it was found about two years ago rolling around a garden centre floor with no plant of similar shape on display. Bringing it home I potted it and it did it’s dying bit, then perked up staying the same size for months (about half the size it is now) but this year it has gone mad in producing offsets most of which I have potted on and they are doing fine, well rooted and producing offsets of their own I am beginning to wonder how tall it is likely to get? A question I have asked myself is how is it when found it was very small which would seem to indicate that it was very young off the parent plant and yet the outer body of the offset was a dark leathery green but my offsets are a light translucent green probably getting darker with age just seems strange to me.

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Would love to see a close up of the stem. Are those 'baby ' plantlets on the edge of the stems? In which case I can tell you that this propagates itself by a cleistogamous process.

19 Aug, 2010


asap I will put some more pictures on thanks for comming back to me.cleistogamous is new to me after finding out what it means I'm sure I'm going to use it some-where

19 Aug, 2010


Cheers. It is not the plant of which I was thinking, so sorry,not my field of expertise. Cactus of some description.

19 Aug, 2010


Cleistogamous doesn't have to do with offshoots. It means that the flowers can pollinate themselves without opening, if the weather is too bad for the favored pollinator to be flying. A lot of high altitude cacti will do this, as well as some species of Viola!

The one in the lower two photos seems to be Hylocereus undatus, a climbing Cereus often used as a rootstock for grafting other cacti on, especially albino Gymnocalyciums, to make "Moon Cactus".

The one in the upper photo is Cereus tetragonus 'Fairy Castle'--it took me a while to look up the proper name for it! It's often sold as miniature living "Christmas Trees" here.

19 Aug, 2010


Thanks for the answers I'm on my way to write the name lables right

20 Aug, 2010

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