Collection of plants seen in habitat

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nes
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Collection of plants seen in habitat

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Starting a topic about all the places I've been to where cacti/succulents are growing.
First up is my local park where mesembryanthemum crystallinum grows on one of the steep surfaces. Soil/rock here is all alluvium.
Not a native plant but was introduced to coastal California a long time ago.
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Saw an extremely dehydrated, probably dead opuntia basillaris var. basillaris at Marble Mountains in the Mojave, Cadiz, CA. It was growing near a drainage, this location probably used to get enough water to support more cacti. Unfortunately this was the only one.

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Plants from Mazourka Canyon in the Owen's Valley.

what I believe to be echinocereus engelmanii
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opuntia basillaris var. basillaris
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small cylindraceous nestled between rocks
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an unknown bush sp with nice micro flowers
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saw lots of purple lichen out there
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nes wrote: Tue Jun 14, 2022 3:13 am <…> small cylindraceous nestled between rocks <JPG>
Echinocactus polycephalus?
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anttisepp wrote: Tue Jun 14, 2022 5:14 am [quote=nes post_id=394518 time=<a href="tel:1655176392">1655176392</a> user_id=17757] <…> small cylindraceous nestled between rocks <JPG>
Echinocactus polycephalus?
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Agreed. It took me a while to differentiate them from each other in the field. I’ve seen them growing side by side in Nevada and California (and I believe Utah)
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anttisepp wrote: Tue Jun 14, 2022 5:14 am Echinocactus polycephalus?
My bad, y'all are right. There was a few Echinocactus/Homalocephala polycephala clumps growing out there. Don't know why I labelled it as a cylindraceous. Probably because I've seen a few cylindraceous seedlings in habitat as well and they do look exactly alike.

I would upload some photos of the larger clumps but I'm having trouble getting the file size down, will find a way later.
Also going to post some cylindraceous seedlings seen at Joshua tree to show how similar they are.

Thanks for pointing it out
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Went real low on the quality for these next few pictures
Homalocephala Polycephala; still at mazourka canyon
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Side note, I'm just now realizing that the title of the topic is a little misleading. This topic is not for posting about poached plants.
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Awesome plants, thanks for sharing. Impressive clump of H. polycephala too.
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MrXeric wrote: Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:55 pm Awesome plants, thanks for sharing. Impressive clump of H. polycephala too.
Pretty interesting to see, almost all Polycephala were massive in size except for the one tiny seedling. I don't really have an indicator for growth rate as I've never seen this plant being grown in horticulture. Though I do recall there being an impressive amount of new growth on the larger clumps.
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nes wrote: Thu Jun 16, 2022 3:52 am
Pretty interesting to see, almost all Polycephala were massive in size except for the one tiny seedling. I don't really have an indicator for growth rate as I've never seen this plant being grown in horticulture. Though I do recall there being an impressive amount of new growth on the larger clumps.
I just had a second seedling germinate of subs. xeranthemoides I got from Mesa Garden so I'll get to see first hand how slow these guys are (if I can keep them alive that is...)
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MrXeric wrote: Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:04 am I just had a second seedling germinate of subs. xeranthemoides I got from Mesa Garden so I'll get to see first hand how slow these guys are (if I can keep them alive that is...)
Looking forward to seeing how that goes. Kudos for growing some of the less desired and less common cacti.
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Collection of plants seen in habitat: that is the best collection. Takes care about itself. Just needs protection from other humans.
If your cacti mess in your job just forget about the job.
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Some dudleyas that I believe I've already posted in another topic, but because I'm going to revisit this population, felt I should put the pictures here.
Can't remember when I took these, and i'm too lazy to put the right date on the metadata.

Dudleya pulverulenta
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