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Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by MikeDom » Tue May 21, 2019 8:48 pm

No blousy cactus flowers here, just honest, simple succulent flowers.

These are some of the flowers in my greenhouse at the moment.

To start, flowers on Cyphostemma betiforme. Plenty of tiny flowers, but a devil to pollinate.

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Close up of a single flower; best I could do with a handheld phone.

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Next up is Pachypodium succulentum. All 64 of my flowering plants have different flowers varying in shades of pink and white. Not one single pure white flower - very rare. The Hummingbirds are busy pollinating them in the greenhouse and there will be plenty of free seed available again in early Autumn.

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Onto the late evening/nightime flowering mesembs.

First up is Stomatium geoffreyii.

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Next up is Neohenricia spiculata (Mesa 1782.14). The flowers smell of sweet chocolate to attract their nightime pollinators. Hopefully should get some seed, this is quite an old plant.


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I have far too many plants of Rhinephyllum broomii., here they are mostly 3 plants to a 2.5" pot This is their second year and the flowers are tiny but cute. There were dust clouds of pollen when I was cross-pollinating; I'm not the most delicate of pollinators. The second photo is taken 5 days after they started flowering, so most plants have closed up their flowers already.


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Last but not least is Rhombophyllum dolabriforme, plants in their second year as well. This is the form 10km W of Graaff-Reinet. There is another form tinged red on the back of the petals which is quite spectacular.


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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by Herts Mike » Tue May 21, 2019 9:22 pm

Hummingbirds? In Gloucester?
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by MikeDom » Tue May 21, 2019 9:25 pm

Herts Mike wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 9:22 pm
Hummingbirds? In Gloucester?
Ok, closest I can get to the size of Hummingbird beaks - a single horsehair. We still burn witches here, you know. :grin:
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by Astro » Tue May 21, 2019 9:34 pm

As for the non-paintbrush hummingbirds...

The local hummingbirds love Aloe flowers. I see them flitting around all the time. Echeveria flowers as well (lots of nectar?), the birds stop by them all summer long. I haven't seen them on Haworthia but it's entirely possible the hummingbirds visit them too.
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by MalcolmP2 » Tue May 21, 2019 9:41 pm

MikeDom wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 9:25 pm
We still burn witches here, you know. :grin:
Is that because they are not interested in succulents and pictures of them ?
:lolbt: :rolf: where's the emoticon for ducks&runs ?

Very interesting, thank you for posting.

Now all we need is to persuade Herts Mike to re-trip his Aloes for us newcomers,,, that kept their first succulents ( and that other tribe) c1956
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by Herts Mike » Tue May 21, 2019 9:48 pm

I shall give it a go and see what happens. Mind you I moved house since then and the collection is somewhat smaller now. Plenty of interest though. Grass Aloes should really get the blood pumping..
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by Tina » Tue May 21, 2019 10:06 pm

LOVELY, thats a good looking c.betiforme flowering branch, mine has a few pathetic flowers. I'm taking the Ipad into the GH tomorrow and embarrass it with your photo, is yours in a large pot, do you repot often ?.
Pachypodium succulentum. All 64 of my flowering plants
how big is your greenhouse ??, I only have ONE.
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by Herts Mike » Tue May 21, 2019 10:29 pm

I was going to say 64 seems incredible.

I have half a dozen Orbea variegata from different sites and that seems over the top.
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by ralphrmartin » Tue May 21, 2019 10:36 pm

That Neohenricia spiculata sounds interesting - I've got a good sized plant of N. sibbettii, but not seen spiculata before.
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Re: Flowers for Succulentophiles

Post by Eric Williams » Tue May 21, 2019 10:57 pm

Nice one Mike, a great collection and pics. of to me unusual succulents. Very well grown, clean and all looking very healthy indeed. Are most of these grown from seed,as I do not see many species for sale in shows etc ? Cheers. ps a friend of mine uses a cats whisker for pollination lol.
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