Monthly Archives: October 2016

New Additions–Desert Creations

I took a trip on Friday up to Desert Creations in Northridge, and of course came back with a few additions…

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Othonna herrei

Othonna herrei is a weird little plant that was an impulse buy…that knobby stem caught my eye. It is a winter grower, so just starting to leaf out, it should have yellow flowers.

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Operculicarya pachypus

I picked up Operculicarya pachypus as a bonsai project…I’m not sure O. pachypus is the one I wanted, online pics show a stem that’s fatter than what I had in mind, but we’ll see how it goes.

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Ipomoea crassipes

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Ipomoea holubii

I couldn’t decide between Ipomoea crassipes and Ipomoea holubii, so I got them both. The flowers are fairly similar I think, but those caudices! I dumped holubii over in my basket and it came out of the pot with just a few trailing roots, so I’ll be repotting that one pretty quick. Crassipes is blooming now, with tons of buds on the way.

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Brachystelma barberae

The one I am most excited about is Brachystelma barberae–Desert Creations has a photo of it in bloom, which is probably why I decided to drive all the way up there. They had just two, I got the smaller (cheaper) one.  I’m a bit nervous about killing it, given how expensive it was. There isn’t much care information online, one site says it’s easy, another says it’s difficult. The caudex is a little softer than other plants, so I will have to be very careful watering it. It is supposed to be a summer grower, but it flowered recently so I’m not entirely sure what it’s up to. Hopefully it’s planning some leaves soon so I know where I am. Otherwise I will be doing some very very very careful minimal watering until spring.
According to plantzafrica, “It is a real challenge to grow and maintain good specimens as the plants are prone to rot…If kept wet during their rest period, they will rot at a remarkable speed and even turn into a mass of watery slime within a day or two.”

So this should be fun.

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October Plant Census

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Dioscorea Elephantipes

I sometimes think my plant collection is getting out of hand, but then I read about people who spend an hour a day watering their plants, and so clearly I’m ok here. Today’s population:

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Adiantum sp., Maidenhair Fern

Tropicals/Misc
Dichorisandra pendula, Weeping Blue Ginger
Bowiea volubilis, Climbing Onion
Strongylodon macrobotrys, Jade Vine
Tacca integrifolia, White Bat Flower
Begonia dregei, semi-tuberous hybrid ‘Tweedle Dee’
Thunbergia grandiflora, Blue Skyflower
Mimosa pudica, Sensitive Plant
Adiantum sp., Maidenhair Fern
Strobilanthes dyerianus, Persian Shield
Beaucarnea recurvate, Ponytail Palm
Dieffenbachia compacta, Dumb Cane Plant [this guy has been around forever, and always looks great no matter how neglected. I think it might live on dust bunnies.]
Spathiphyllum sp., Peace Lily
Caladium sp. [I don’t know why I buy these, the soft plants never make it around here. It’s been hanging on since about May, which is a miracle. A colocasia hybrid and a begonia rex hybrid both bit it in that time, although they were smaller.]
Lamprocapnos Spectabilis, Bleeding Heart
Juncus Effusus ‘Spiralis’ Corkscrew Rush
Amaryllis sp.    

Orchids
Paphiopedilum Hsinying Majakun [labeled (Makuli-Curtisii)-Maudiae X Paph. Maudiae ‘Napa Valley’ HCC_AOS X Sib]
Phalaenopsis sp (2)
Mystery orchids (6) [really just 2 that were divided…if they ever bloom again, I may be able to figure out what they are]

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Huernia zebrina, Life Saver Plant

Succulents/Cacti
Stephania perrieri, Climbing Rock Plant (2) [Plants that go dormant stress me out. It showed up in February, looking yellowed and possibly overwatered. It died off almost immediately, so I tossed it outside and ordered a new one in May. I went on vacation in July, and when I got back there was a tiny little sprout.]
Albuca spiralis, ‘Frizzle Sizzle’
Adenium obesum hybrid, Desert Rose ‘Golden Carrot’
Euphorbia milii hybrid, Crown of Thorns ‘Paradise
Gerrardanthus macrorhizus
Ledebouria socialis, Silver Squill, ‘Miner’
Euphorbia obesa
Dioscorea Elephantipes [this is my favorite plant right now…I bought it for the caudex (in 100 years it will be amazing, I promise), but the vines and leaves are gorgeous too.]
Huernia zebrina, Life Saver Plant [this flowered soon after I brought it home, and it was so stunning that I now have a huge list of huernia and stapelia on my wish list.]
Huernia erinacea
Mammillaria matudae
Epiphyllum hybrid ‘Kassel’
Epiphyllum hybrid ‘Tiki Torch’
Schlumbergera bridgesii, Zygocactus Christmas Cactus
Sulcorebutia rauschii
Euphorbia horrida ‘snowflake’
Gymnocactus mihanovichii
Astrophytum asterias

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Mystery Drosera, Pygmy sundew

Carnivorous
Drosera capensis ‘narrow leaf’ Cape Sundew (thousands, seems like)
Drosera omissa x pulchella Pygmy sundew
Drosera nitidula Pygmy sundew
Drosera paleacea Pygmy sundew
Drosera sp. Pygmy sundew #4 (lost tag…although honestly all the pygmy tags may be mixed up anyhow…I have 3 tags and 4 pots, so who knows. This one has pearly pink flowers, looks like omissa x pulchella really, in which case who knows what that one is.)
Utricularia bisquamata, Terrestrial Bladderwort
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa
Sarracenia x ‘Abandoned Hope’
Sarracenia x ‘Dana’s Delight’
Nepenthes petiolata x veitchii
Nepenthes burbidgeae x sanguinea
Nepenthes spathulata x gymnamphora
Dionaea muscipula sp.
Dionaea muscipula ‘Gremlin’
Dionaea muscipula ‘Ginormous’
Dionaea muscipula ‘-14 Rosetted’
Pinguicula moranensis var. caudate [I picked this up at the August meeting of the LA Carnivorous Plant Society…it had a bud which aborted, but then immediately sent up a new one that bloomed this week. Phew.]

Ant Plants
Myrmecodia sp.
Myrmephytum sp.
Lecanopteris curtisii [These three are the newest additions, arrived about a week ago. I’m a little worried about their humidity needs, they’re outside and I mist them here and there, but I may dig out a terrarium for them.]

That works out to 64…huh. Feels like hundreds. I’m working on a spreadsheet with info on each of the plants, because the water, light, fertilizer, dormancy, pruning, etc, etc, etc was getting a little overwhelming. I just need everyone to stay alive while I get all of their residency requirements worked out!