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Thread: Lophophora williamsii

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    One of my Lophophora williamsii bloomed today, and after taking a few pics, I used a fine paintbrush to collect pollen from the anthers. To my surprise, the filaments responded to the disturbance and curled inwards quite rapidly (like Drosera tentacles). I have never read, nor can I find sources referring to this behaviour anywhere
    Am I just being a total cactus noob, or do quite a few species do this?

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    PS. I live in the UK so no, I'm not doing anything illegal by cultivating this species.

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    It's a reaction that is natural and selfing is unlikely but possible. It should just be the plant recognizing that reproduction may be taking place. A fun plant to cultivate. (NO, not fun like that)
    At one time I had collected all variants of L. williamsii, L. friccii, the other 2 species names escape me but......anyway. Good luck to you, P.S. they love a little lime tossed to them from time to time.

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    holy crap.. i googled the cacti in and.. holy crap!


    book me a one way flight to the uk!

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    Irritable stamens are not unusual in cacti - many turbinicarpus and lots of others have irritable stamens and they are fun to watch, occasionally they almost grab the bristles of the brush.
    LW will make plenty of seed and the plants will grow steadily and well.
    two other names are v. koheresii, jourdaniana plus a few others. There are also variagated, monstrose and cristate versions.
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    Ah, I knew I could depend on the folks here.
    Currently I have 7 L. williamsii, one of which is a var. caespitosa (not cristata, duh me). You can tell I like this genus; that and I've done hours and hours of homework on them. I plan on purchasing other species/varieties too, but they're slightly pricier. I guess seed is the way to go. Thanks again for your help!!

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    caespitosa is a mutli heading variant. Actually my favorite, it makes large clusters.

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    If it dies send it to me.
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    You want a dead plant?

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