Tuesday, December 9, 2014

More funny cactus

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Continuing yesterday's post, here are some more strange cactus plants on Meitar's little mountain.


After the first rains they seem to be bursting forth in growth.
Hopefully José of Lisbon and the Sunny Coast blog will drop by and teach me the proper terms for what we are seeing, since he grows cacti and knows all about them.




You can click two separate times and enlarge the photos.


The same plant seen from above.
Yellow cups as if for catching the rainwater after seven months of dry season with no rain!
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(For ABC Wednesday, V is for varied varieties of vertical cactuses.)
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UPDATE: Jose, of Lisbon and the Sunny Coast blog, has indeed given us lots of information on the plants!  Do see his comment on this post and on yesterday's post!    Thanks, Jose!
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22 comments:

Sara said...

Just perused your cacti posts - aren't they amazing! Walking through a cactus garden (there is a HUGE one at the Huntington Library near Pasadena) reminds me of walking underneath the sea where there are also so many odd, strange and wonderful shapes and colors.

Une Angevine said...

superbe et je n'en vois pas en anjou

Dina said...

Sara, nice thought. :)
I walked in that Huntington Library garden once a decade ago. But what I remember of it is that a little toddler fell on one of the prickly cacti. Oi, poor kid.

VP said...

Two nice comments in a row about cacti are stretching my sincerity and goodwill, but I quite like the big ones!

Marcy said...

Cacti are amazing, wonderful pictures!

V is for ..

José Mendonça said...

What a magnificent specimen (#1)! Pity the blooms are already dead.
The Prickly Pears below, different from the one on your previous post, belongs to the genus Opuntia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia). The yellow capsule is the fruit (fig) and it's edible in most cases, as well as the "round stems" (have tried it in Mexico, where it's called Nopal).

Trubes said...

What amazing pictures of the Cacti, I wouldn't like to walk to close to any of them though !

Best wishes,

Di.x

Sheridan David Tanya-Page Raun said...

enjoyed your images,
live, green, and refreshing inspirations for V word here.
smiles.

Roger Owen Green said...

VERY vertical!

ROG, ABCW

Dina said...

José, thanks for teaching us about these wonderful plants here in the comments and in the previous post!

Readers, don't miss José's interesting information!

Reader Wil said...

Your post and the comment of some people above are very informative, for these plants don't grow in my country outside a greenhouse. Thanks, Dina,
Have a great week.
Wil, ABCW Team

William Kendall said...

They look peculiar, but I rather like them!

jeannettestgermain said...

Never knew how beautiful and varied cactus can be till I came to live in California (I bought a flowering one last year)!

crystal said...

Strange :) Prickly Pears grow in Bermuda too, where I lived for a while as a kid. You can eat the fruit, which is purple there.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful shots. In the first shot the cacti look like a suricats group too fumny.
Margaux

Lea said...

'Varied varieties of vertical cactus' - I love it!
Happy Wednesday!
Lea

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Why did I immediately think 'giraffe' when I saw first image :) These cacti are weird and wonderful Dina, how fab that Jose was able to fill us in on the details, I always think of Jose when it comes to these types of plants.

Karl Demetz said...

Really funny, they look like giraffes ! (especially in the 1st shot)

lotusleaf said...

Amazing photos of the versetile cacti!

fredamans said...

So neat... the first photo I thought the cactus looked like an ostrich... lol

Powell River Books said...

The last one reminds me of the Prickly Pear Cactus we had in California, only those fruits turned red. - Margy

Ann said...

Looks so comical-- looks like 3 long necked animals.
Ann