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PostSubject: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:34 pm

Found these today. Winter fruit Smile enjoy. I know the image size is well huge but it does the plant justice.





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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:37 pm

Very nice plant HN! How old do you reckon it is?

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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:05 pm

It would be around 5 years I would think. I have had it for 3. It only developed the top "cephalium" about a year ago. This is the first fruits Smile By the looks there will be more soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:25 pm

oh wow, that is gorgeous. Can't w8 til mine gets its cephalium, it looks fantastic Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:13 pm

Wow! That's a decent size for 5 years. Do you know what species it is? I really like those red hairs/spines? In the cephalium

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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:26 pm

even if grown extremely fast i can't see this being any younger than 7 years from seed, probably 8, the generally accepted time melocacti get cephaliums. some can take longer, 2 decades for some of the slowest real mexican ones apparently. what species is it? nice orange/red bristles in the cephalium... which tell me matanzanus, but is looks too big and has too many ribs.
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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:52 pm

Yeah it could be 8 years lewis but I think that would be the most. It was about 8cm diameter when I got it three years ago. I'm not 100% on the species either but I think its Melocactus Peruvianus. There are so many melos and they all look very similar.
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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:11 pm

Hellonasty wrote:
There are so many melos and they all look very similar.
spot on... from a taxonomic viewpoint this is one of the most complex, variable and confusing Genera in the cactus family. over 70 synonyms for 40 species, not counting varieties, subspecies etc. and then there are different clones and even different individual specimens in the one population that look so different they originally described as different species.
yeah it looks quite like the M. peruvianus in my melo book. Nice plant in any case Smile grow those seed!
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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:40 pm

The Synonymous names for Melos are just crazy. Two more fruits have just popped their heads up Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Melocactus Fruits (image heavy)   Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:22 pm

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There are so many melos and they all look very similar

I bought three different named Melo's a couple of years ago and they all look the same except for the different sizes, so what I have is anyone guess Rolling Eyes

Great photos HN Very Happy
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