A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

For the discussion of topics related to the conservation, cultivation, propagation and exhibition of cacti & other succulents.
Forum rules
For the discussion of topics related to the conservation, cultivation, propagation and exhibition of cacti & other succulents only.

Please respect all forum members opinions and if you can't make a civil reply, don't reply!
User avatar
Diane
BCSS Member
Posts: 4392
Joined: 15 Jun 2007
Branch: KlNGSTON-on- THAMES
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member

A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Diane » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:36 pm

Late summer is a good time for various Asclepiads, and I've been really pleased to see these:

This is Huerniopsis atrosanguinea - which makes a rather sprawling plant, but the flowers are wonderful, with a matte texture, and unusually last only one day normally. This photo was taken on the third day, no doubt because of cooler temperatures, but within 3 hours of taking this photo it had closed. Apologies for the rather over exposed photo:
IMG_0346 (1024x925).jpg
Huerniopsis atrosanguinea
A first time flowering for me - Caralluma europea - very small (about 1 cm) flowers, which are NOT nose-friendly - they smell pretty awful!
IMG_0356 (1024x768).jpg
Caralluma europea
I'm always thrilled to see Tavaresia barklyi in flower - two out now and another two buds to come, this lives in the propagator all year (to be on the safe side!)
IMG_0361 (1024x768).jpg
Tavaresia barklyi
IMG_0364 (1024x711).jpg
Tavaresia barklyi
And lastly, Stapelianthus pilosus which has a well-deserved reputation for being tricky. It's another one which lives in the propagator year round. Another small-flowered plant, less than 1 cm across.
Attachments
IMG_0367 (1024x769).jpg
Stapelianthus pilosus
Diane - member of Kingston branch

Growing cacti - balm to the soul!
User avatar
Diane
BCSS Member
Posts: 4392
Joined: 15 Jun 2007
Branch: KlNGSTON-on- THAMES
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Diane » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:45 pm

Almost forgot this one - Huernia plowesii, a lovely "life-buoy" flower:
IMG_0360 (1024x911).jpg
Huernia plowesii
Diane - member of Kingston branch

Growing cacti - balm to the soul!
User avatar
Tina
BCSS Member
Posts: 4807
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Branch: NORTHAMPTON & MILTON KEYNES
Country: England
Role within the BCSS: Committee member
Location: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Tina » Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:20 pm

wow, certainly looking good.
My favourite has to be the Huernia plowesii, Tavaresia is one that I actually keep, mine was left for several weeks in the garden but has survived & only lost two segments to the cold.
Your camera has good macro facilities, I need to get a better one .
Tina

varied collection of succulents and cacti but I especially like Euphorbia's and variegated agaves.

Bucks, UK
Branch co-ordinator Northampton & Mk Branch
User avatar
daniel82
BCSS Member
Posts: 274
Joined: 29 Sep 2014
Branch: CAMBRIDGE
Country: England
Role within the BCSS: Member

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by daniel82 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:22 am

They look great, I especially love the atrosanguinea.
User avatar
Diane
BCSS Member
Posts: 4392
Joined: 15 Jun 2007
Branch: KlNGSTON-on- THAMES
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Diane » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:25 pm

Tina - I did a little basic editing, tweaking brightness, contrast and sharpening, before cropping, all done in Windows Live Photo Gallery, which gives a much improved image.
Diane - member of Kingston branch

Growing cacti - balm to the soul!
User avatar
Sylvia
BCSS Member
Posts: 605
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Branch: SOMERSET
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member
Location: Somerset

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Sylvia » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:30 pm

They are lovely Diane and it is always nice to have late flowers.
Sylvia in Somerset growing cacti and succulents since 1977
User avatar
Lyn
BCSS Member
Posts: 233
Joined: 18 Aug 2009
Branch: NORTHERN IRELAND
Country: Ireland
Role within the BCSS: Member
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Lyn » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:07 am

Absolutely STUNNING :-) thanks so much for sharing Diane :-) XXXXX
Check out my Cacti and Succulent website, where I upload weekly blogs, photos, and videos :-)
http://www.desertplantsofavalon.com/
Herts Mike
BCSS Member
Posts: 2221
Joined: 20 Sep 2007
Branch: LEA VALLEY
Country: Uk

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Herts Mike » Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:51 am

Really lovely pictures. Thanks!

I keep my Tavaresia at 12c. Not enough?
User avatar
Diane
BCSS Member
Posts: 4392
Joined: 15 Jun 2007
Branch: KlNGSTON-on- THAMES
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Diane » Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:05 pm

That's a bit borderline, Mike. My propagator is set to maintain 20C, so maybe 15C would be safer if you can manage that.
Diane - member of Kingston branch

Growing cacti - balm to the soul!
Herts Mike
BCSS Member
Posts: 2221
Joined: 20 Sep 2007
Branch: LEA VALLEY
Country: Uk

Re: A few late summer Asclepiad flowers

Post by Herts Mike » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:24 am

Thanks Diane. It's put a fair bit of growth on this summer and I would hate to lose it.
Post Reply