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PostSubject: What am I? (ID required)   Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:17 pm

Hey people. I recently inherited this spikey-mama. I can't say no to a homeless cactus. She's been neglected for a while now, will need re-potting, but looks healthy nonetheless.

Does anyone know what it is?







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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:38 pm

Gymnocalycium. multiflorum (monvillei)?
nice old specimen.


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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:43 pm

NOID is it a mamm?
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:00 pm

Its definitely a Gymno - but I don't know what it is.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:16 pm

am pretty sure thats a Gymnocalycium monvillei as i said above, you may find it under its old name of G. multiflorum though. Nice specimen, looks pretty old. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:40 am

Woo woo! Thanks for the ID people.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:34 pm

Is it a rotten up at the biottom or am I missing something?
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:39 pm

Yeh, i was thinking it was rotting aswell, but i dont know bounce
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:10 pm

Eek. I'll have a closer look.

The moss growing in the pot disturbed me at first, but I've hardly been home to have a look at the thing since I got it. It's hard to see past the spines too...

It was in a self-watering pot too Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:10 pm

Poke the black area with your finger or something else lightly, if its saquishy and soft, it has rot.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:31 pm

its hard for me to tell from where im sitting whether or not it is rotten.
First impressions tell me its just the old spines, which will naturally darken with age on old specimens.
It probably has been overwatered, resulting in the growth of moss, but gymnocalyciums in general are more tolerant of moisture than most.
go through the procedure Michael said, and if it isn not rotten but the soil is saturated it would be a wise move to repot it into a better draining mix and pot for safety.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:41 am

Nope, not rotting. That area is just brown with age. It was firm throughout to a touch with a pencil.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:14 pm

yep, thats what i thought. its a nice healthy plant,just old. a repotting into a more favourable mix and better draining pot wouldn't hurt though.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:40 am

wish i could find a big G.monvillei down here. tis a beauty. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:14 pm

Here she is in flower.

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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:05 pm

Beautiful, just beautiful. I've got a few buds on mine, but yours is pretty special I have to say.

That's some fairly aggressive spination happening there... Is this plant being grown under particularly bright light or in full sun?
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:21 pm

that confirms my id Very Happy
i echo Lachy.. beautiful, just beautiful.
can't you tell.. that gymno is just asking for more friends from her genus Wink Wink
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:25 pm

Lewis is right, Gymnocalycium monvillei is what it is alright.



I've seen it for sale down here tagged as Gymno. multiflexosum, a name I do not think is valid.

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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:30 pm

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I've seen it for sale down here tagged as Gymno. multiflexosum, a name I do not think is valid.

Ahh yes, that rings bells. Tell me, why do you reckon so many plants are sold under names that are completely invalid, if not just made up on the spot?
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:40 pm

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I've seen it for sale down here tagged as Gymno. multiflexosum, a name I do not think is valid.

Ahh yes, that rings bells. Tell me, why do you reckon so many plants are sold under names that are completely invalid, if not just made up on the spot?
lol. i too have seen it labelled as G.multiflexosum before. this is not valid, never existed and possibly was actually made up on the spot. its also seen labelled as and still referred to as G.multiflorum, which was valid and is now a synonym of G.monvillei.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:01 am

Damn, I wish the flowers on mine would open up like those pics you posted CactusPoleCat. They are gorgeous. My flowers never seemed to get quite that "open" though. Maybe they did it when I wasn't looking.

I've got a smaller G. monvillei in bud but seems to be taking longer to bust open. Hopefully she'll go before the last flowers on the plant in this thread and I can get some fruit.

Lachy: I've only had her for around 2 months and don't know her prior growing conditions. All I was told about her last home was that her last year was spent in gross neglect Smile She now enjoys full sun for most of the afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: What am I? (ID required)   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:17 pm

Awsome Squil! Looks like your doing it right, getting it to bud up like that Wink
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