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Nopalea Cactus

From the Mexican name for some of the Opuntias (Cactaceae). A genus of about 8 species of greenhouse succulent plants, formerly included in the genus Opuntia, natives of Mexico and Guatemala. The plants grow tall and become tree-like. They carry … Continue reading

14. August 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Neolloydia Cactus

Commemorating Prof. F. E. Lloyd, a collector of cacti (Cactaceae). A genus of 8 species of greenhouse succulent plants, which make small groups and are dwarf growing. Their ribs are arranged in spirals with spiny tubercles. The spines are attractive … Continue reading

27. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Myrtillocactus

From the Greek myrtillos, the diminutive of the word for myrtle, in reference to the small fruit (Cactaceae). These are greenhouse succulent plants from the Americas, formerly included in the genus Cereus. They have strong, upright stems with six to … Continue reading

27. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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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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