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PostSubject: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:09 pm

Had this idea of having a thread that showcases the most brutal spination of cacti in people's collection. It probably won't be as popular as prier's spring cacti flower thread (which is one of my favourite threads right now), anyhow I will get the ball rolling with this particularly brutal Myrtillocactus cochal, the spines on this thing are massive and to top it off they are like wood, literally, which I think is pretty cool. Don't think it would make a good grafting stock somehow. It gives the local possums something to think about though (have had many problems with possums). Imagine trying to remove one of those spines if it became embedded in your hand, leg, arm, face, eye (lol) etc; OUCH!! Laughing




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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:31 pm

hmm don't really do spines.. perhaps the forementioned encounter with a TBM was decisive in determining my avoidance.
Gymnocalycium cardenasianum (G.spegazzinii ssp. cardenasianum).


^ also shows the variabililty for future reference. even the number of ribs is different.
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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:13 pm

My most vicious plant is probably this one:



It's Cylindropuntia tunicata, and it is fairly evil. The spines are about 2 inches long, barbed and sheathed in a papery envelope, and easily penetrate clothing, gloves and soft tissue. It grows as a noxious weed anywhere there's a bit of warmth (think Queensland) and I believe has actually resulted in a death when a man fell into a clump of the stuff. I picked the cutting up at an open garden day when it attached itself to my clothing, and planted it using barbeque tongs.

On the plus side, it's basically impossible to kill, is easily propagated and is guaranteed immune from possum attacks.
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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:50 pm

Damn cholla's, i hate their spines when they stick into you. My C.Imbricata is so painfull when removeing the spines Sad Which your Tunicata looks so simmilar.

Great idea though Trig, this should be good.
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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:50 pm

The legendary Cylindropuntia tunicata aka cactus of death!!! In the flesh. Hard to compete with that.

I'm envious of your cardenasianums lewis, lucky devil. Where do you find all these cool plants?

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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:26 am

Yeah that Cholla is one of the evilest plants I've worked with. It attaches itself to you and just doesn't want to let go.
I just got myself a Stetsonia with some well nasty looking spines, but I chopped them all off so I could mail it home. Once the spines have grown back I'll post a photo.
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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:12 pm

trigonus wrote:
The legendary Cylindropuntia tunicata aka cactus of death!!!

I'm not sure Trig, but I thought that was a Austrocylindropuntia.

BTW that Gymnocalycium cardenasianum is amazing.
I find it incredible that she can develope spines like that so close to the meristem.

Nice plant Lewis.
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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:57 pm

KanJe wrote:
trigonus wrote:
The legendary Cylindropuntia tunicata aka cactus of death!!!

I'm not sure Trig, but I thought that was a Austrocylindropuntia.


Nice plant Lewis.


KanJe,

Your right Austrocylindropuntia is correct but they are all Synonymous for Opuntia Smile Why make it more complicated than it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:13 pm

Yeah your right, I have just had issues with it in the past.
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PostSubject: Re: Brutal Cacti: The Thread   Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:29 am

i think its hard to be the opuntia group....evil is about the right word for them!!!

nonetheless here is one other pain in the everything.



couple more pics tomorrow of cacti i have in my garden to keep cats away.

Lewis, i agree i dont dig spines that much. i am more or a small littler-no spine cacti fan Smile
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