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    A few photos

    Copiapoa hypogaea grown a few inches under lights & blooming today without warning.




    Anacampseros sp. the flowers only open when temps are 100*F+ and they get watered at the same time! This is the only bloom I've ever seen open, my plant is loaded with blooms but only this one exposed itself. Opening and closing in about 20 mins!


    Huernia sp. Not a bad score for $2.99! Not a smelly species though.


    Here's an unknown mesemb that's been over watered a few too many times at the nursery (Tonkadale), look at those splits in the bodies.


    Here's a succulent orchid called Eulophia petersii from Kenya which grows alongside Aloes and Euphorbias. It's rather like a cross between a cane Dendrobium and an Aloe with it's hard leaves with serrated edges. Flower stalks can only get to 7 feet tall...

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    I like that orchid. It looks like someone put a pic of a Dendrobium into Photoshop and scaled it vertically by like 50%. Nice find.
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    Unfortunately the blooms aren't the most awesome, rather like a brown/green Oncidium but if one could make some hybrid orchid crosses with this maybe you could make some central heating tolerant "houseplant" orchids with much more interesting/colorful blooms.

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    where did yah find the Huernia? im interested in that group of plants but am scared the wife might chunk the plants out the window when the flowers open......
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    I picked that one up at a local nursery called Tonkadale by my grandmothers house. It's just a huge set of greenhouses in the middle of an old neighborhood. They generally only have garden stuff but they do have exotic plants in one greenhouse. Mainly small terrarium plants or "fairy garden plants" as they call them and two smaller interior greenhouses of succulents which usually have only the standard stuff but sometimes weird/uncommon things pop up.

    This Huernia has no smell at all. I've had several of the Stapeliads bloom before and honestly never noticed a smell like the rumors all state. One time when I put my nose directly over the corolla and sniffed as hard as possible, I thought I got a whiff of an old rubber halloween mask but it wasn't hardly strong enough to get a good stomach retching sniff as I've always heard about. lol! I think it was Stapelia schintzii angolensis that had the rubber mask smell. The smell was similar to Sauromatum venosum (voodoo lilly) which seems weird being an Aroid and not a succulent.

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    well i may just have to try one if i stumble across one then......the wifes nose is a tad sensitive so this was a group i just dismissed in order to avoid a fight
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    I've got a bunch of new ones of these I've never seen before from a lawyer who was moving. She sold me her whole Stapeliad collection so I'll be posting images as their blooms open over the summer. I'll be able to let you know which ones actually stink, so far I've found from the ones I've owned in the past that "stinky" label to be a rather overexaggerated rumor. Perhaps on my "mini-Somalia" plant shelf where it's 85 - 100*F+ every day they will stink more than just on a bench in regular temps.

    At the moment I have Luckhoffia buekmannii and Stapelia grandiflora or gigantea coming into bloom. I'm not sure which it'll be until the flowers open. One's red and ones beige, I lost the tag someplace so whichever it turns out to be it'll be a surprise!

    If you do pickup any make sure it has a rocky, well drained soil that dries out quickly. I rotted all my earlier Stapeliads with a peat/perlite mix at 50/50. Which is what most websites said would work but didn't for me in a cool moist area like MN. Not sure what your climate is like but if your pots don't dry in 2-3 days make up a mix that does and pot them in that. I water when they start to look like they're shriveling and then over night or at least by the time your soil dries in a few days they will be fat and plump again. If they stay wet after they're plump they start to discolor (yellow/pale) and then go mushy.

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    Very nice. The blooms are impressive! Thanks for sharing!
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