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Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by Diane » Sat May 29, 2021 4:43 pm

I couldn’t resist taking a pic of this pretty little hybrid. Not much info on the web about it apart from it was hybridised by a Leo Busch in Germany. Not easy to come by either!
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by ralphrmartin » Sat May 29, 2021 4:48 pm

Stunning! perhaps the best Aylostera hybrid of all...
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by edds » Sat May 29, 2021 5:10 pm

Wow! That is stunning. Think that's just gone on a lot of people's wish list, mine included!
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by uzbeck » Sat May 29, 2021 5:40 pm

Wonderful. I am not a great fan of hybrid cacti - but I can feel my arm being twisted.
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by Cidermanrolls » Sat May 29, 2021 8:27 pm

It is lovely, but as Diane said, it’s not a prolific grower.
I’ve had my grafted plant for about 4 years and the pups are still too small to risk trying to root down. It has produced more and more flowers each year though. Not quite as good as Dianes, but close.
Mine came from Poland on a Hylocereus type rootstock. I might try grafting a pup onto Echinopsis later this summer to see if that speeds growth.
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by Phil_SK » Sat May 29, 2021 9:34 pm

From what I can gather, it came from open pollination of A. oculata/euanthema, an einsteinii form, so it's bound to be one of the trickier plants to grow.
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by el48tel » Sun May 30, 2021 8:45 am

Beautiful
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by Paul D » Sun May 30, 2021 4:55 pm

I had some correspondence with Leo Busch 3 or 4 years ago, and he very kindly send me a few of his cuttings, which come in a variety of colours. The origin of these "leopygmaeas" was written up as a short note in Succulenta. I've attached a copy. It's fascinating.
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by Diane » Sun May 30, 2021 5:08 pm

How fascinating, Paul! Thanks very much for the note, it throws much light on this beautiful cultivar.
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Re: Mediolobivia ‘leopygmaea’

Post by ralphrmartin » Sun May 30, 2021 5:09 pm

Phil_SK wrote:
Sat May 29, 2021 9:34 pm
From what I can gather, it came from open pollination of A. oculata/euanthema, an einsteinii form, so it's bound to be one of the trickier plants to grow.
It seems to get on fine with my usual treatment - as do the rest of my oculata (euanthema) and einsteinii forms. There again, other people claim heliosa is difficult and I don't have any problem with those either.

It's Thelocacti and some Mammillarias I have a hard time with, probably because my conditions are geared up for acid loving South American plants, and many of these come from limestone areas.
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