February 2021 - Flat plants

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February 2021 - Flat plants

Post by Aiko » Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:07 pm

Thanking Jim_Mercer for the honour of winning the January 2021 photo competition on Namaqualand.

I like compact plants. A nicely grown flat globular disc like Gymnocalycium berchtii or a Massonia longipes shamelessly demanding precious horizontal space in your greenhouse, are high on my favourites list.

So for February 2021 I would like to introduce the topic of flat plants. Not fat. But flat. The flatter the better, but anything that is far more wide than tall or runs the risk of getting covered completely by grit being blown onto it as an adult plant, is welcomed.
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Re: February 2021 - Flat plants

Post by edds » Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:36 pm

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Aeonium tabuliforme
Don't get too much flatter than that!

Will take some better photos at the weekend.
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Re: February 2021 - Flat plants

Post by AndrewB » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:17 pm

Well, flat it is then!

Plant is wider than tall and look how flat that open flower is!
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E. Daydream taken last year (I think)
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E. Daydream closeup, shade cloth has muted the colours somewhat
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E.Daydream closeup
It’s difficult to get flatter than Epiphyllums!
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E. Deutsch Kaiserin, flower closeup
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E. Bumkin
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Post by HaoBao » Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:02 am

Lithops - this one is tiny, I got it as an unnamed freebie from a seller in France. I think it might be a pseudotruncatella Volkii if I had to guess. Please let me know if you know the name.
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Re: February 2021 - Flat plants

Post by edds » Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:38 pm

Had an attempt at some better photos today.
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A.tabuliforme
The other plant in my conservatory that feels flattest is this,
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Agave 'Cream Spike'
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Agave 'Cream Spike'
It feels flatter in real life than it looks in the photos!

Then my flattest Lithops,
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L.lesliei Warrenton C36
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L.lesliei 'Albinica' C36a
And then I added two that are flat but in the other direction...
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Haworthia truncata Variegata
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Opuntia fragilis 'Wizard'
The last was sold as Optunia fragilis 'Wizard' but I am sure it is a hybrid.
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Re: February 2021 - Flat plants

Post by Aiko » Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:41 pm

Of course I should also show some of my flat plants.

Mammillaria heyderi:
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Mammillaria heyderi

Resnova megaphylla:
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Resnova megaphylla

Rebutia rauschii, a bit weathered. It has plumped up more in the past year:
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Rebutia rauschii

Lophophora williamsii, looks like a seedling, but at the time the picture was taken it was already over 15 years old:
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Lophophora williamsii

Gymnocalycium deeszianum, sown in 2008:
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Gymnocalycium deeszianum

Lophophora williamsii very dehydrated at the start of spring so this one is even below soil level, sown in 2009:
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Lophophora williamsii

It can't get much flatter than an Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus even when fully turgid:
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Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus
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Post by MatDz » Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:38 pm

I found two photographs of my Gymnocalycium sp. (mihanovichii? friedrichii? I need to read about them again) from about a month ago, it's not necessarily horizontally flat, but the ribs are flat for sure! Not staged or anything, so just sharing to share.
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And a honorary mention of Echeveria 'Belle Etoile' after my recent propagation attempts, I doubt you'll find a flatter one!
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Re: February 2021 - Flat plants

Post by Aiko » Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:41 pm

MatDz wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:38 pm
And a honorary mention of Echeveria 'Belle Etoile' after my recent propagation attempts, I doubt you'll find a flatter one!

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That's cheating!
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Post by MatDz » Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:19 pm

Aiko wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:41 pm
MatDz wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:38 pm
And a honorary mention of Echeveria 'Belle Etoile' after my recent propagation attempts, I doubt you'll find a flatter one!

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That's cheating!
Mildly!
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Re: February 2021 - Flat plants

Post by HaoBao » Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:11 am

Aiko, what’s in like living in a 2D world? I’ve never seen such flat plants haha, they are great

Also Mat, is there any room for new growth on that beheaded plant? the existing leaves look really compact together
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