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Name: B C
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BrendanCS
Jan 2, 2019 6:46 PM CST
Hello everyone, happy new year!

Today my cubiformis finally opened it's firework flowers (perfect timing)

This is the first time I've had two groups of flowers grow. I really like this weird plant and how it looks like it's from the sea. Does anyone have any other ideas on succulents that have strange looks to them?




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Jan 2, 2019 7:13 PM CST

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It's going to be really hard to top that one for weirdness Smiling but here are some of the stranger succulents I've seen....





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BrendanCS
Jan 2, 2019 8:11 PM CST
Baja, awesome. I especially love the first four. I love how strange some succulents can be with their sculptural shapes and strange flowers. I'll look those up to find out more about them.

The cubiformis is pretty dull looking on it's own, but when it flowers it's unlike anything else I've seen. Same with Rhytidocaulo, my friends ask why I have old dead twigs with no leaves, but then with the flowers they're really special
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ShawnSteve
Jan 3, 2019 10:53 AM CST
Try Arid Lands, as I recall they have quite a variety & photos. I have seen some very unusual Stapeliad sorts, Pelargonium triste, & had some caudex thingy with spines, a few leaves & a yellow flower. Can't think of the name, from Madgascar? Then there is Wellwitsshia, (sp?) that only has a pair of leaves that grow long & may need a pvc pipe for the longroot! One" 'baseball plant" obsea or obesum, that was a Euphorbia, I think. If you get serious Whitesloana (sp?)
Oh & some odd gymnocalycioides succulent. Forgive me, as I mainly grew Mexican species of cacti & other rarities...Not that I don't grow all sorts of other 'garden plants;, too...Shawn
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tarev
Jan 3, 2019 11:27 AM CST
The weird looking ones I have here:

Adenium obesum - currently dormant, so it shows its caudex much better
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But it becomes the queen in my garden during the peak of summer with its heat loving blooms:
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Euphorbia obesa
Mar2016
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02Jan2019
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Euphorbia obesa x polyglona
2016
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2019
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Noid Euphorbia
Oct 2017
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Jan 2019
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Euphorbia inermis
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Sulcorebutia rauschii
June 2016
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June 2018
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02Jan2019
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Name: B C
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BrendanCS
Jan 3, 2019 1:45 PM CST
Shawn, thanks for the tips. I'll look all of those up. I've been meaning to get an Obesa for a while but want to wait until spring when it's warmer to ship here. Arid Lands is where I've gotten a lot of my plants. They're really great and helpful there.

Tarev, those are all beautiful. I love how sculptural the Adenium caudex is. I want to try to get into more caudex type plants because they really have beautiful shapes and are works of art. I'm just intimidated with the prices of a lot I see on ebay and don't feel confident enough about growing yet to try my hand at them. Also your Obesa's are really unique shapes, I love them. Very alien like. The color on the rauschii is really nice too, I will look that up today.

Where do you get most of these plants?
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skopjecollection
Jan 3, 2019 1:58 PM CST
While i own a few seedlings at best for some (and lost others), my strangest plants would be:
l.princips

wild echinopsis ferox
https://farm7.staticflickr.com...
euphorbia stellata ( on a side note , one photo in db is tortirama)
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclop...
euphorbia platyacada:

gasteria rawlinsonii:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/...
and orostachys spinosa:
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tarev
Jan 3, 2019 2:05 PM CST
BrendanCS said:Shawn, thanks for the tips. I'll look all of those up. I've been meaning to get an Obesa for a while but want to wait until spring when it's warmer to ship here. Arid Lands is where I've gotten a lot of my plants. They're really great and helpful there.

Tarev, those are all beautiful. I love how sculptural the Adenium caudex is. I want to try to get into more caudex type plants because they really have beautiful shapes and are works of art. I'm just intimidated with the prices of a lot I see on ebay and don't feel confident enough about growing yet to try my hand at them. Also your Obesa's are really unique shapes, I love them. Very alien like. The color on the rauschii is really nice too, I will look that up today.

Where do you get most of these plants?

Hi Brendan, that Adenium I got from our local Walmart years ago. Then I also order some succulents at Aridlands. I also go to Poots Cactus Nursery in the city of Ripon, that is where I found the odd shaped Euphorbias. I also visit succulent nurseries in the Bay Area like The Dry Garden in Oakland, Cactus Jungle Nursery in Berkeley, or the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek. Sometimes when I attend plant shows in Spring, I also get some succulents there. Smiling
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Jan 3, 2019 2:07 PM CST

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Lots of weird plants there! Thumbs up

More strange caudiciform plants here.... last 2 are not my plants, but some goodies I discovered out back at a B&B we were staying at a couple of years ago.

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tarev
Jan 3, 2019 2:18 PM CST
These ones are succulent-like so to me they are strange looking:
Deuterochonia brevifolia - a member of the Bromeliad family
this is my plant:
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but my goal for this plant is hopefully I can make it grow like this, as seen at the Poots Cactus Nursery:
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Eulophia petersii - this one is a desert orchid, blends in well with the succulents
photos summer 2018. During winter it is hiding indoors along with my other intermediate orchids
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tarev
Jan 3, 2019 2:30 PM CST
Haworthia truncata - when I first saw this, it reminded me of books stacked up together Smiling
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Gasteria glomerata - the succulent looks like a tongue, and its blooms reminds me somehow of cute chinese lanterns
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Gasteria Little Warty - warty all over, blooms looks very dainty and timid
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skopjecollection
Jan 3, 2019 2:35 PM CST
If we do other plants,crypthanthus


and tradescantia

While both plain leafy plants, the color combinations are otherworldy.....
ive owned both at some point, but wasnt lucky to keep them.... :(
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tarev
Jan 3, 2019 2:56 PM CST
I love Cryptanthus too! Lovey dubby
Here is a collage of my Cryptanthus:
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Hoya kerrii variegata - heart shaped leaves to love a lot Lovey dubby
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and its beautiful blooms
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BrendanCS
Jan 3, 2019 4:32 PM CST
Beautiful plants everyone, I really like them all. I have to look more of them up.

I just got my first, small Cryptanthus a month or two ago. I really like the darkness of the leaves on the Elaine one above. Have to look and see if I can find that anywhere.

Tarev your hoya is awesome, I love it's leaves and flowers. The leaves are more interesting than the one I have.

I want to get more into Gasteria and Haworthia too. I really love the truncata types but don't know enough about them yet and their prices vary so much online that I'm not sure which is a beautiful, but easy one to start with.

Stefan, I've wanted a Platyclada for a while now, but they seem hard to find. Hopefully some day soon. They remind me of my Rhytidocaulons and how dead they look, but Platyclada's seem to have pinkish tones to them in some pictures which I really like. Do you have any close up shots of it? I'm curious what the skin looks like.

Baja I like all those caudex's. I want to try more of them, now that I've been able to grow a few small Euphorbia's the past six months, I want to try more that have thicker and stranger caudex type stems. There are so many types though, I always get overwhelmed hah.
Keep this thread going, any type of plants. The stranger the better.
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ShawnSteve
Jan 3, 2019 5:40 PM CST
@tarev I think what I had, was a Pachypodium brevicaule.
You might get some kicks, out of trying your hand at growing some seedling plants, by ordering from the Succulents Seed list, of Mesa Gardens. You get a better selection & once it's warm enough, you can start to sow them & watch them grow. You learn by trial & error ( or ask advice) & that also helps you learn how to take care of particular species. Then, once you find an older plant, to buy, you will know a bit more about how to take care of it better, so it will probably live longer. The new list ought to be out, fairly soon.
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ShawnSteve
Jan 3, 2019 6:34 PM CST
@BrendanCS I think if you had two cubiformis flowering simultaneously & some house fly, you would probably get some seeds. But, there are quite a few plants that simply require another plant, to allow cross pollination & so you can have your own seeds. I have heard of some people placing a little pollen in a tiny vial & freezing it, if the plants didn't flower together, at the same time.That way, the saved pollen, could at least be used, for the later flowering plant. I am uncertain, if you can get seeds, with only one cubiformis. But you can always try. That is how some hybrids are created, just simply trying to cause, forced self pollination.
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BrendanCS
Jan 3, 2019 6:50 PM CST
@ShawnSteve

Interesting. I don't have two yet, but if this one continues to do well for me, I may try growing some other Pseudolithos. I would need a fly to help pollinate though because I have no idea how to pollinate something or even where to start. Maybe some day though!

Right now I'm trying to grow a Pseudolithos migiurtinus next to my Cubiformis. It's a much smaller seedling size plant though, compared to the cubiformis when I first got it. Have no idea if it's even growing. These types are proving that taking photos every month or two is really helpful to compare growth. Their shapes stay somewhat the same for me, so it's almost like trying to watch a balloon expand at an extra slow rate. There aren't many arms popping out here and there like my other plants.

Over time I know they can grow strange bumps that change their round/cube forms, but I haven't gotten there yet. Just lots of flower spikes on my cubiformis which I can't complain about. I've even gotten used to the smell Smiling
My dog....not so much. I do like watching him sniff around the grow table though, trying to figure out what it is
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ShawnSteve
Jan 3, 2019 7:24 PM CST
@BrendanCS Yeah, your dog must detect the odor of the flowers, thinking there must be an old piece of meat, somewhere around.there. Smiling That's what draws the flies, to pollinate them.
I had bought some years ago, purchased for someone else ( to be certain to have it, as their climate wasn't safe to ship in winter) & had to keep them cozy, over the spring time & they liked it rather warm, & very sunny to get busy growing. I was almost afraid to water them, at first, out of fear of rotting them, as they had sold out quickly
.BTW I think it used to be called Pseudolithos, in case you try to buy seeds & end up lookking for it under Ceropegia. Ijust noticed, the name change.
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tarev
Jan 4, 2019 10:44 AM CST
Some other caudex forming plants that I have:
I am still getting to know this one which I got last July 2018, called Gerrardanthus macrorhizus
July 2018 - positioned in a part sun/shade area, gets frequently watered when our temps starts to soar into the 90F ++ range
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Have moved it indoors this winter, just to play safe. So far okay with that filtered light window, and I water once a week. I know media is very well draining and gritty, so it reassures me the plant is not getting overwatered. It is dropping older leaves but is actively doing new ones. Temps in the bathroom at the 65F to 68F range. Caudex staying very firm.
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When my Adenium obesum goes to sleep in winter, Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng'. cheers me up since it stays evergreen and still grows nicely indoors. Nice firm caudex Lovey dubby : During the warm months, I bring it out, but positioned in a part shade area. During the long dry months, I water this frequently, since it is just too bone dry outdoors. Have kept it in its original container and last Spring just added some cacti mix, compost and pumice to keep it well draining.
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Name: B C
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BrendanCS
Jan 5, 2019 10:14 AM CST
I thought I'd see if anyone had ideas for succulents that have bold and strange colors. I know a lot change under bright light conditions, and I have one sedum type that goes from green to a pretty yellow/orange color with lots of light.

I'm a painter and love strange colors. I wanted to see if anyone had suggestions for types that go pink/yellow/orange or red? Other odd colors would be great to learn about too. I am trying to come up with some ideas on plants that will change all the green going on in my collection.

I also love purple/blues and whites/grays and have an Echeveria "neon beaker" that has really strange colors. It's got similar colors to this below on the right

Baja gave me some tips on red agave to look into. I found the small one with bizarre colors in the second pic below. Any other tips would be great!

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