Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Turk's Cap in its native habitat

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jun 30, 2013 4:54 AM CST
On a cruise from which I just returned we stopped at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Here is the Turk's Cap cactus growing there,
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jun 30, 2013 11:39 AM CST
THAT is their natural look or formation? Very unusual and was wondering how the top part relates to the bottom?... (I know, dumb question, but I haven't had my coffee yet?...)
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jun 30, 2013 11:41 AM CST
Isn't it unusual?

Here is an article about it:

http://www.arkive.org/turks-head-cactus/melocactus-intortus/
Name: T-rev
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MagerRooRHammer
Jun 30, 2013 12:19 PM CST
I'v geen considering ordering a turks cap style cactus. Its just so unique! 1 of these days Drooling
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jun 30, 2013 1:01 PM CST

This one is in my yard... just a baby and I'm not positive it is the same species.
Name: T-rev
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MagerRooRHammer
Jun 30, 2013 2:46 PM CST
Ahhh thats sweeet. Ya, iv seen at least 3 that get the red cap effect in my various online searchs.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 30, 2013 3:05 PM CST
Spiny cactus lost their allure when a 4 foot specimen in my greenhouse tipped over and impaled me .. thankfully I wear glasses! Extricating myself was very painful and painstaking.

But I must admit, I do like both of the 'Turks Cap' pictured.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jun 30, 2013 3:37 PM CST
Xera, "Ouch", I can see why you would move out of the way when they pass... Smiling
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Xeramtheum
Jun 30, 2013 4:00 PM CST
It was a peruvianus sitting on the potting bench in a way too small pot and it brought home the fact that gardening can be painful and dangerous! Lol
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