This week's opuntia flowers

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This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Stuart Estell » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:24 am

How's this for a glorious rich colour? Pterocactus valentinii - an unrooted piece flowering after my plant completely fell to pieces.

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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Stuart Estell » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:26 am

...and no I wasn't being sarcastic about the flower colour. :lolbt: Vic's described the darker ptero flowers as "mucky brown" but I think they're really attractive.

More conventionally pretty is this clone of Pterocactus megliolii. This is one that definitely appreciates being cut back to reinvigorate it. It's in a 4" pot, and the tuber almost fills it.

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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Stuart Estell » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:27 am

And then there's this little gem that I had from Tina last year. These flowers don't half take a long time to develop, but they're worth the wait. It's Cumulopuntia rossiana v. fuauxiana.

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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Stuart Estell » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:28 am

They're good from the side, too, with this lovely dark-peachy colouration:

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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Vic » Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:17 am

Suppose the flowers weren't too bad on the Pterocactus australis I had but a bit of an anticlimax after Rene described them as yellow with a purple throat:S Anyhow, I couldn't of been that impressed as John Gander has the plant now;) Here's a not so brilliant pic:

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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Ross M » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:00 am

Cracking plants Stuart. I particularly like the flower on the Pterocactus megliolii(tu)
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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Tony R » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:04 am

Excellent flowers, Stuart. I've had a number of "opuntias" in flower this week but haven't had time to take photos ...yet! Regards,
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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by lancer99 » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:42 am

The petals may be "mucky brown," but the contrast of the red filaments and the brilliant yellow anthers on Pterocactus valentinii is beautiful!

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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Benjy » Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:10 pm

Superb flowers Stuart/Vic.
No flowers yet on the Cumulopuntia rossiana v. fuauxiana i gave you ?
I have 3 of them and none of them have flowered :shrugs:

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Re: This week's opuntia flowers

Post by Stuart Estell » Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:18 pm

Not yet Benjy, I think that one's a bit small. My flowering one is probably about four times the size of the one I had from you.
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