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[ Viejito (Eriosyce senilis) | Posted on March 30, 2020 ]

A somewhat fast-growing, but nonetheless moderately difficult, short, cylindrical cactus. Its spines can be quite variable, with varieties having almost completely black spines to almost fuzzy white crowns blanketing the plant. What's interesting about this one is that it has bicolored magenta-yellow flowers, a rare feature among cacti (similar to the genus Oroya).

Likes well-draining soil and very bright exposure. Its quick growing speed (among globular and short columnar cacti) can lead to etiolation.
Prefers winter dormancy.

[ Rebutia 'Sunrise' | Posted on March 29, 2020 ]

One of the smaller cultivars of Rebutia. Has small white-cream colored flowers, sometimes with pink streaks along the length of the petal. Sometimes its lower petals may be darker/have an orange tint. It clumps, sometimes prolifically.
An undesirable feature of this cultivar is that it has weak roots -- rot prone, shallow, slow growing, and mechanically vulnerable.

[ Woolly Thistle (Cirsium eriophorum) | Posted on February 17, 2020 ]

A very large, upright herbaceous biennial. It's among the spiniest thistles I've encountered, as well as among the most interesting.
Leaves are somewhat pinnate, with spines adorning the leaf tip, and cilia and softer spines on the margins, with spines sometimes protruding from the upper and underside of the leaf. The plant itself only branches at the tip, and sometimes forms colonies of multiple plants. Flower bud is woolly, and covered with spines. Likes sunny to shady arid patches.

[ Centaurea rupestris | Posted on February 17, 2020 ]

A small herb, it favors arid and sunny slopes, often growing near rocks.

[ Plumeless Thistle (Carduus acanthoides) | Posted on February 17, 2020 ]

It's a large herbaceous biennial, completely covered in spines. Often grows in clusters of several plants. Favors sunny and arid areas, often growing near roads. Seeds are wind dispersed, similar to a dandelion.

[ Matucana (Matucana madisoniorum var. horridispinum) | Posted on February 16, 2020 ]

As it was said in llifle, it looks similar to the regular Matucana madisoniorum, but it's covered in persistent spines emerging from every areole. Slightly more tuberculate than the regular one as well. Texture is velvety, same as the regular madisoniorum.

[ Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) | Posted on February 13, 2020 ]

Tasted the fruit today. Tastes like something between citrus and goji berry. Fruit is gooey. Ive seen it growing wild (likely escaped cultivation) in a sprawling herbaceous habitat near a shaded country road.

[ Biznaga Semiesferica (Mammillaria heyderi subsp. hemisphaerica) | Posted on January 31, 2020 ]

A flattened globular cactus. Stem is tuberculate, spines are somewhat dense if grown in stronger sun.
Size moderate. Likes a winter rest, seldom watering, mineral soil and full sun. Flowers are white with red/orange stripes, but somewhat variable . Blooms in rings. Fruit is a red chili-shaped capsule, tastes like a gooey strawberry (typical of mammillaria fruit). The only downside with the plant is that it can be awkward to repot.

[ West Indian Nipple-Cactus (Mammillaria prolifera) | Posted on January 31, 2020 ]

A small, heavily clumping, globular cactus. Flowers white, may possess stripes and a red/orange colored throat. Self pollinating. Spines yellow, prominent (obscuring the stem), can have shades of white or gray. Stems are tuberculated like all mammillarias, and are somewhat flexible. Certain parts of the plant (near branch joints and the base) can be colored red. Its heads can root and break easily, forming large clusters. Likes a winter rest and mineral to semi-mineral soil. It can tolerate moderate light levels and likes frequent watering in summer.
The cactus is famous for 2 things:
-it's among the easiest mammillarias to grow (along with elongata and vetula gracilis) because of its fast clumping speed and durability;
-and it's among the most famous mammillarias grown for fruit, with strawberry-flavored, chili-pepper-shaped berries.

[ Sinocrassula (Sinocrassula yunnanensis) | Posted on January 11, 2020 ]

Probably among the most troublesome/difficult succulents that can be found in wholesale. The plant is composed of small rosettes with thin dark green leaves covered in velvet like fuzz, densely packed on a somewhat bright green to red stem. The leaves are soft and slightly malleable (can bend slightly, much more compared to most succulents). The leaves, if removed from the stem (to which they are loosely attached), can sprout easily and make their own rosette like most crassulaceae members. It's fairly slow growing, but sort of troublesome due to it often being somewhat tender, and may die at random. Often they are potted in mounds, where splitting the rosettes is advised to prolong the plant's life. It's not cold hardy, and it doesn't like strong sun or heat.

[ Moundlily Yucca (Yucca gloriosa) | Posted on January 4, 2020 ]

A hardy (zone 6 a/5b), shrubby yucca, with long leaves. Makes a large flower stalk, in the range from 60 to 90 cm (2,1 feet to 4 , 2 feet).
For its size, the trunk is somewhat thick, often about 5cm/2 inches. Leaves are dark green, with a glaucous tone. Texture is rough (like fine grain sandpaper).
The species possesses a hard woody spine on the end, but it's usually somewhat dull (not as sharp as those of aloifolia and fillamentosa).
The leaf margins are straight, smooth (not serrated like aloifolia) and have a woody/plastic feel to them.
It does not make a good potted plant, but does really well in the ground, even in poor conditions (wet clayish soil). It may make rhizomes to sprout new heads sometimes, instead of the conventional stem branching.

[ Service Tree (Sorbus domestica) | Posted on January 1, 2020 ]

It's somewhat uncommon in markets. Some people eat the fruit, usually waiting for it to ferment, much like a medlar, before consumption.
It has a grainy texture, a sour-sweet taste, and is astringent.

[ Common Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia) | Posted on January 1, 2020 ]

Fruit has a interesting taste. A bit astringent, sour and its flavor is something of a mix of citrus and service apple/medlar. A bit refreshing, but inadvisable to consume in large quantities.

[ Mammillaria | Posted on December 14, 2019 ]

One of the largest genera of cacti, mammillaria features mostly globular or short columnar species. The genus' main feature is having the stem consist of tubercles . The genus blooms from secondary areoles between the tubercles, which may also serve for branching purposes.
Flowers are most often in shades of magenta, with some species having white, yellow or possessing stripes instead, with exceptions, of course. Certain species also have large flowers.
Spines come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with hooked, central or radial only, pectinate or semi-pectinate, and can be grey, brown, red, yellow, black, white and combinations thereof.
Some species possess taproots, some have hairs, some are capable of dichotomous splitting, some offshoot prolifically, others are solitary.
The genus is also one of the most cultivated, with species like elongata Ladyfinger Cactus (Mammillaria elongata) ,vetula subsp gracilis Thimble Cactus (Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis)
bocasana Powderpuff Cactus (Mammillaria bocasana 'Roseiflora') and prolifera West Indian Nipple-Cactus (Mammillaria prolifera) often being among a grower's first plants.

[ Biznaga de Matuda (Mammillaria matudae) | Posted on December 14, 2019 ]

A short columnar mammillaria, with somewhat thin stems, dense spination and lots of tubercles. Care is standard as cacti go, and it is one of the easier mammillarias to care for.
With age, the plant will begin to sag downwards, turning the plant into a hanging succulent.
This is, of course, detrimental to the stem, as the part of the stem touching the edge of the pot will die off, with the rest of the stem slowly dying afterward.
Sometimes, the plants are potted hanging completely downwards (through the bottom of a hanging pot), bypassing the stem necrosis issue. Ones planted in the ground avoid such problems as well.

[ Long-Spined Permanent Wave Cactus (Stenocactus crispatus) | Posted on December 9, 2019 ]

A small globular cactus, with thin, wavy ribs unique to the genus. Usually has 3 central spines, which are significantly thicker than the radial ones, placed in the upper half of the areole. They are arranged in a swordlike pattern, with a large, upright, significantly longer middle spine between 2 shorter ones (akin to the blade and crossguard). This is not the case when young (central spines could have a uniform length, or the middle one could be shorter), but as it ages it becomes more apparent. The radials are often plain white and short and lack any special features.
Flowers have a white to pinkish tint, with a magenta to purple central stripe.
The plant is slow growing, prefers sun to partial shade, and likes mineral soil and a winter rest.

[ Euphorbia (Euphorbia enopla) | Posted on December 7, 2019 ]

A shrubby, heavily branching stem succulent, with evenly arranged brown spines (that also can have a yellow or red tint), on usually 6 ribs.
It is among the more common, cactoid euphorbias, and one with the easiest care requirements. The plant prefers mineral soil, full sun to partial shade, and decreased (but not stopped) winter watering.

[ Highway Iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) | Posted on December 5, 2019 ]

I tried the fruit (may have been unripe). Salty, sour and very astringent.

[ Pfeiffera boliviana | Posted on December 5, 2019 ]

A hanging epiphytic cactus, with fairly long, spineless stems. The one I owned was a large mound, heavily branching. It made creamy-white flowers before dying. Stems are with 2 ribs (completely flat), undulate, with small areoles and dark green.

[ Spear Lily (Doryanthes palmeri) | Posted on December 2, 2019 ]

Translation for photo


Height :About 3m tall
Flowers: Inflorescence up to 4m long, flowers are tubular and 4-6 cm long
Fruits : Capsule, with lots of seeds/large seeds
Foliage: persistent (evergreen)
Hardiness: -3 degrees celsius
Name explanation: Genus name means lance flower/spear flower

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