Saturday, April 25, 2009

Aporocactus/Aporophyllum...a rose by any other name...

In a couple of recent posts I shared photos of plants I identified as Aporocactus. That, of course, is incorrect. The Aporocactus genus is comprised of 5 species (and is now combined by some into the genus Disocactus).

Instead, these should have been labeled Aporophyllum - or even more accurately X Aporophylum. These are intergeneric hybrids.

I apologize for the mistake. Unfortunately, it is a common error and all sorts of names are thrown about.

That said, I agree with the sentiment above...a "Rat tail" hybrid is by any other name...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Rebutia perplexa

And now it's time for the Rebutias, in this case Rebutia perplexa. Always have liked these plants.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Another Aporocactus

It's Aporocactus time in the greenhouse. This one is 'Beauty'.

Believe me when I tell you I'm not overly fond of Aporocacti; most of the year they're just plain ugly. But they get their reprieve every year when these flowers come along!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Steve Nelson

We just learned on Sunday that Steve Nelson, long-time member of the Oregon Cactus and Succulent Society and a very well informed succulentophile, died this past week. He will be missed by a lot of cactus and succulent enthusiasts. A memorial is being held at the People's Food Co-op in SE Portland this Saturday, from 1-3 p.m. Follow the title link for more information.

This picture is of him as the show chair of the OCSS Show & Sale in 1987.

Aporocactus 'Moonlight'

It's almost like Georgia O'Keeffe has been busy at work in our greenhouse! This is a close-up of an Aporocactus 'Moonlight' flower. Amazing. (Photo by Lynn-Marie)

Thursday, April 9, 2009


A beautiful unidentified Mammillaria hiding away on one of the back tables.

Now that's some flower!

Greenhouse visitor

We had a pleasant little visitor in the main greenhouse yesterday. We've had a lot of hummingbirds in the area lately and this one found it's way into the greenhouse but then couldn't find a way out.

With a little coaxing, it finally got down low enough to find the door and exit.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sinningia leucotricha

Another beauty at this time of year is Sinningia (syn. Reichsteineria) leucotricha. Also know as "Brazilian Edelweiss", this display is as consistent and dependable as you get in the plant kingdom. First the flowers and then the leaves, which keep getting larger and more impressive throughout the Summer. Plus, they have interesting tubers which can be raised above the ground for added interest. Who can resist?

Eriosyce senilis III

Here it is; back again. Only this time the flowers are beginning to open. And the flowers are indeed fantastic.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Echeveria prolifica

Lynn-Marie was working in the greenhouses today and couldn't resist taking a few photos. The Echeveria prolificas are especially colorful this time of year.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Fockea edulis

This is one of our old Fockea edulis plants.

It appears that one of our pot hanging geckos has crawled up on top.... :)

Another H. magnifica var. splendens

Another Haworthia. This time it's Haworthia magnifica var. splendens from a different location (GM452).

We're growing these on and they aren't available yet. In the meantime, we're enjoying watching them grow and get their adult characteristics.