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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Dec 12, 2018 1:20 PM CST

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Late September is the wrong time of year for flowering for most Dudleyas that I know of (that is pretty much the height of their annual sleepy time) but it's possible the plant is a Dudleya anyway. With a flower picture you could begin to sort through the possible candidates, and maybe come up with something more specific.
Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Dec 12, 2018 1:51 PM CST
@Baja_Costero I would try to upload some photos from over the years, but will have to refresh my memory on how to get them out of Photobucket! (If possible, after being hacked severely- though my album shows up, not certain if it is another subalbum) It has been so long ago... Among my favorites were Echeveria laui (or lauii) & had for many years, after having it sent over from England . Also that Echeveria 'Cante', which seemed to be there was a name confusion over another Echeveria species ( or perhaps form ..)
I tried some Dudleya, brittoni, but made the mistake of lightly watering it one winter!
Agaves tend to be a bit too large, for my preferences with exceptions for miniature forms. Some nice photos shared here,, anyway. Thanks.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 12, 2018 4:43 PM CST
Does this one count as glaucous grey? And, its blooming!

Pseudolithos migiurtinus


I have no idea how to take care of this plant but I usually avoid watering it this time of year. Usually...
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Dec 12, 2018 4:47 PM CST

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Weird and unusual flowers! Smiling
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Hamwild
Dec 12, 2018 6:35 PM CST
What in the world? Or is it unworldly? *Blush*
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Dec 12, 2018 7:03 PM CST

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@ShawnSteve I look forward to seeing your plant pictures once you get the technical wrinkles sorted out!
Name: Donald
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needrain
Dec 12, 2018 7:51 PM CST
The texture of the Pseudolithos migiurtinus reminds me of the fruit of the Maclura pomifera tree, commonly called Bois-D'arc, Horse Apple, Hedge Apple, Osage Orange and Bodark and maybe some more. Lots and lots of latex sap in the tree and in the fruit. A distinctive nuisance plant that used to show up just occasionally, but in the last 20 years or so decided conditions were such that it could make a move toward claiming more and more territory. I Googled your plant and found it is also a milkweed type plant.

Cool plant!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 12, 2018 8:09 PM CST
I bought two of them about 4 years ago - they were the size of marbles. I got two different sp. because I couldn't decide which one I wanted. The other Pseudolithos lived about 2 years before suddenly turning into a pile of mush.

This one is now about 2 inches across and I live in terror that it too will implode. That's why I don't water it in winter but, I was so fascinated by that flower that I watered before I realized the hose had followed my eyes. Sighing!

Hopefully, I won't be greeted by mush in a few days. I have been waiting to water the cactus for a couple weeks until the sun came out and the greenhouse would be above 65 (That was the high for a week. The low was about 53).

This is the first time it has bloomed.
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Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Dec 12, 2018 9:10 PM CST
@Daisyl, good job!
@Baja_Costero. I am uncertain if I can regain control of my Photobucket account. My email was Yahoo & they didn't announce the hack at their website, until long after I hadn't paid attention. My phone was 'temporarily stolen' (returned the next day) & hacked in Facebook account too. Others had the exact phone number too, somehow or other... & it went endlessly on downward ! Oh well. But I used to grow so many cacti, it wasn't funny as I got obsessed, to say the least. I sorta forgot about paying much mind to internet, as I had also been ill with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever for months & things deteriorated. My entire collection nearly died out, too. I thought it possibly may have had the bacteria also.
But yeah, I had quite a collection. I used to trade internationally, bought seed from Kohres, & others, plants sourced from more in Europe, U.K. & even Japan. One day, an empty box arrived with a letter from Dept. of Ag & that was about enough for me, so that was about the end of that. After over 20 years of collecting, its' almost entirely gone.
At nearly 59, I feel it is too much to even begin to try & replace so much. Especially when you consider usual normal annual losses, due to one slip, of just a drop too much water.. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Dec 13, 2018 3:04 PM CST
@BajaCostero I managed to regain control over my online photo album. There is a gap of about 5 years duration, during which I hadn't uploaded anything... It isn't as though I didn't have a camera I also forgot the term glaucous was used in the post, so how about cacti with a tendency towards fuzzy white? I can download others a bit more suitable to the thread topic, a bit later on... The two cacti were Astrophytum 'Onzuka', which I had grown from seeds many years ago, sent from a pal living in Hong Kong at the time.They were about 4 or 5 years when photo was taken..The difference in shape, is probably due to hybridization involving older plants, where this form originated, from Japanese plants having more columnar parentage, in the past.... While most sold in America are 'Onzuka,' shaped more like the one seen on the right.
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Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Dec 13, 2018 3:34 PM CST
Here is cute little Echeveria (minima?" that was given to me by a friend up in Rehoboth Beach SAdly, no longer with us & had a fantastic (& very old cacti & succulent collection.)
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Plus, another gift to me, from a major supplier of cacti, out West. The 'legal', diffusa ssp friciii.as the International Botanical Nomenclature group revised things, to either confuse people totally, & annoy others completely. Blinking


Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Dec 13, 2018 3:54 PM CST

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Living art! Thumbs up

L. diffusa here in its home state with a couple of random glaucous Echeverias.

Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Dec 13, 2018 4:27 PM CST
Very nice."at home" huh? Sticking tongue out I knew of some growers that liked to hybridize those Lopho..& get strange color mutations. I did cross pollen from a Pelecyphora strobiliformis with Turbinicarpus alonsoi & the seed amount produced was amazing. I threw them in with the alonsoi & some seedlings were red & others green, but never found out what the results actually were, as a slug got the midnight munchies.
I don't know if I had used colchicine, but very well may have, as my dad had gout, therefore that genetic altering pharmaceutical was available to me.
I was privy to some photos of other very odd intergeneric hybrid cacti photos, but was told that they probably would never flower. I think they used Strombocactus x Lopho.. Or the reverse.. I was told later, ( I assumed the purchaser of those hybrids) he was using GA3 to create some oddities..
I did have L. albert-vojtechii seedlings, but when I got ill after a tiny (instar) tick bite they suddenly rotted. Later on, I got more of those seeds, but none germinated..
Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Dec 13, 2018 5:06 PM CST
@Baja_Costero ok. ok. here's a definite glaucous grey, with just a touch of color at the edge. I eventually gave it too much water (by accident, of course) several years later. It joined my other lovelies, with their spirits in the sky.... Echeveria Cante, as most usually call it.. Can't find laui, so it must have been in my hundreds of photos in a laptop I got rid of. Glare (@ myself)
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Dec 13, 2018 9:44 PM CST

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E. laui is not able to survive outside in our climate. It collects rain in the pockets and rots out. I think maybe in a greenhouse you could grow it to perfection. One E. cante hybrid I have also likes to rot out after the rain but does okay if I blow out the water after a storm. "Afterglow" is a cante hybrid too, with absolutely none of the rot-prone behavior after rain.

Random succulent glaucousness from my database pictures this fall....

























Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Dec 14, 2018 9:59 AM CST
That's a shame you can't grow the Echeveria laui, in some protected area to keep the rain off it. I had mine many years & would produce seeds, but trying to get the young ones to much size, was a problem, with something always causing their demise. I may try to get ahold of seeds to try it once again. It began to lean quite alot with time & age & then rain didn't tend to collect in the center ( or apex.?) Mostly the powdery substance which made it such a nice grey, actually helped cause the water to be repelled into droplets that rolled off, when older & growing sorta sideways. While younger, short & upright, the water tended to just sit there....I used to pick it up & simply tilt it slightly if we had that bad of a downpour, as I did put it out for summer, but under the cover of a south facing porch roof.
Name: Donald
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needrain
Dec 14, 2018 10:54 AM CST
One that is variable in showing glaucous-gray here is Kalanchoe luciae.

The original plant in 2014
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The offsets or pups after the original plant bloomed and died in 2016
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The offsets in October 2018 after being re-potted in the spring
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It developed a lot of white powder on the bloom stalk when it bloomed. I really enjoyed growing out that stalk. This was at the end of October 2014 and there were no offsets showing at all.
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I think this is one of the better photos which pick up the white powder. It was really thick on the stalk. Photo from November 2014
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The stalk actually lived for the better part of two summers, which was unexpected. Here it is in July 2015 after I'd cut half off and discarded it and was simply trying to let the offsets that had finally put in appearance get established.
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The bloom stalk had little plantlets form along with blooms - sometimes as a single growth combining both blooms and plantlet and sometimes separate. I finally removed them and set them in a tray to see what would happen. They all developed into little plants which I gave away.
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Since I chose to leave the offsets all together, I'm wondering if I'll see one bloom again or whether it will be inhibited and one needs to be removed from the madding crowd. Shrug!

Donald
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Dec 15, 2018 3:35 PM CST
More more more... raises my spirits in the gloomy Oregon skies. Hurray!
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Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Dec 15, 2018 3:57 PM CST
The same Echeverai Cante, but after it grew some more, having started to form a better rosette.I really would like another, but have my doubts. Also, another of laui,, but doubt I can locate another that was nearly as icy blue as the one I had.
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A. drizzle day, more like the West Coast, than back here in the East coast


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