Category Archives for Cacti and Succulents

Melocactus

Melocactus From the Greek melon, the melon, and kaktos, spiny plant, a reference to the globular shape of this cactus (Cactaceae). These are greenhouse succulent perennials globular to barrel-shaped, with 9-20 ribs. The majority have short spines, but some species … Continue reading

14. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Mediolobivia Cactus

Mediolobivia From the Latin medius, middle, and Lobivia. an anagram of Bolivia; this cactus could be said to be between Rebutia and Lobivia (Cactaceae). Small cacti from Argentina, for the greenhouse or for window cultivation, they have ribs, which rebutias … Continue reading

14. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Mammillopsis Cactus

Mammillopsis From Mammillaria, and the Greek opsis, appearance, in reference to their resemblance to the mammillarias (Cactaceae). A genus of a few species of greenhouse succulent plants, with white spines. They make handsome plants not commonly found in collections. The … Continue reading

14. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Mammillaria Cactus

Mammillaria From the Latin mamma, the breast, or mamilla, nipple, in reference to the teatlike tubercles of many species (Cactaceae). A large genus of greenhouse succulent perennials, suitable for window culture. Most species are from the southern parts of North … Continue reading

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Lophocereus Cactus

From the Greek lophos, a crest, and cereus, referring to the bristly top of the flowering stem (Cactaceae). There is one species only in this genus, L. schottii, from Arizona, a tall cactus with thick stems with short, strong spines. … Continue reading

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Lobivia Cactus

Lobivia Cactus The name is an anagram of Bolivia, where the plants are found (Cactaceae). A genus of greenhouse succulents, mostly dwarf and cylindrical with large and colourful flowers of the size of the plant. Species cultivated L. aurea. globular … Continue reading

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Leuchtenbergia Cactus

Leuchtenbergia Commemorating Eugene de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg, 1781-1824, a French soldier and statesman (Cactaceae). A peculiar cactus from Central and North Mexico with stout, parsnip-like roots. It appears to have many leaves coming from a central stem; these are … Continue reading

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Hylocereus Cactus

Hylocereus From the Greek hyle, wood and Cereus; the plants are found in forests (Cactaceae). A genus of epiphytic cacti, with three-angled or winged stems, often forming aerial roots. The flowers are large and open at night. Species cultivated H. … Continue reading

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Harrisia

Harrisia Commemorating William Harris, Superintendent of the Public Gardens, Jamaica (Cactaceae). A genus of tall-growing greenhouse succulents, erect when young, becoming sprawling when older. The stems are narrow with few groups of spines. The flowers are mostly white, nocturnal and … Continue reading

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Gymnocalycium

Gymnocalycium From the Greek gymnos, naked, kalyx, bud; the flower buds having no covering (Cactaceae). Greenhouse cacti, mostly single-stemmed but a few species making offsets. All have shallow ribs with a ‘chin’ below the areole, and the majority are not … Continue reading

10. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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