Cactus and Succulents forum: I took the cactus and succulent test...

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_Bleu_
Feb 18, 2019 8:57 PM CST
...on CactiGuide. I'm sure most of you have seen it but I just now stumbled upon it and couldn't resist taking the test. I got 15 correct out of 20, which is quite something considering that a few months back all I knew about cacti and succulents was that they like sunny conditions, warmth and not too much water. Then I found this forum, which has opened a whole new world to me. I tip my hat to you.

These are the ones I did not get right:

Echinocereus viereckii subsp. morricalii (it must be one of the exceptions because that plant does look like a succulent)
Pereskia grandifolia (the provided photo shows a very large specimen, impossible to see the areoles and spines, very tricky)
Cintia knizei
Rhipsalis mesembryanthemoides (after the test I did an image search and could see the spines and areoles, very nice looking plant, btw)
Hylocereus undatus

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 18, 2019 9:50 PM CST
I've never seen the test but I would have missed the same ones you missed and a few more. I don't memorize names, but I'm good at reading tags and looking for similarities. Hilarious!
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Baja_Costero
Feb 18, 2019 10:23 PM CST

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I missed 3 out of 20 I think. There were some serious outliers in the photo set. My misses were different from yours: the monstrose cactus (which could just as well have been a sea cucumber), Euphorbia gymnocalycioides, and a Rhipsalis. It's good to learn to recognize the outliers and the lookalikes.

The quiz is here, so anyone else can play too:

https://cactiguide.com/quiz_st...
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Esperanza
Feb 19, 2019 2:26 PM CST
That was fun. Thanks for sharing. I missed 5 out of twenty. Boo...... but some of my wrong answers were surprises. Neat way to learn something new Thumbs up
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DaisyI
Feb 19, 2019 2:46 PM CST
Okay, I took the test. I got 4 wrong: Quiabentia verticillata, Rhipsalis mesembryanthemoides, Euphorbia gymnocalycioides (I thought it was a Gymnocalycium and now I want one) and Mammillaria bocasana f. monstrose.
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AgaveGirl1
Feb 19, 2019 4:26 PM CST
I missed 5 out of 20. Blinking Sad *Blush* Gee, now I feel really stupid.
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mcvansoest
Feb 19, 2019 5:07 PM CST
I missed 3 out of 20. The Quiabentia verticillata, just did not look closely enough at that. The Rhipsalis mesembryanthemoides, did not give me a cactus vibe at all, and Euphorbia gymnocalycioides which I took a long look at, but still thought it was a cactus.
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_Bleu_
Feb 19, 2019 8:42 PM CST
The test is fun but I think all of you would have nailed it had the site provided clearer photos.

@DaisyI, the one I want now is Astrophytum asterias. When I googled it, I was surprised at how many "flavors" it comes in. I want them all! Lovey dubby Big Grin
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 19, 2019 9:10 PM CST
Astrophytum asterias was already on my 'want' list. But I'm being picking about which one - cv Superkabuto looks really good (this week). Hilarious!
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svendhoest
Feb 20, 2019 9:47 AM CST
I missed 2 out of 20 , but i was fun and instructive..............
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skopjecollection
Feb 20, 2019 10:02 AM CST
The first time i took it, only messed up the rhipsalis. I knew of the quiabentia back then(wikipedia helped me memorize most genera, and that one was sorta interesting.
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Hamwild
Feb 20, 2019 10:38 AM CST
I had to google Mammillaria bocasana f. monstrose. Blinking Blinking Blinking
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DaisyI
Feb 20, 2019 12:07 PM CST
I Googled a couple of the ones I missed and found the originals were from the Dave's Garden website.
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plantmanager
Feb 20, 2019 12:19 PM CST
I'd never seen that, and it was fun! I missed 3, the same ones you missed, Baja. It is good to learn about them.
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