Friday, September 4, 2009

Unlabelled Cacti (and Euphorbia)

We have cacti in several different locations around the greenhouses. They are labeled in every location except one - the area with the most interesting varieties. I think most of these are the cheap store hybrid types that you can find in places like Walmart. Although I like cacti they don't tend to get along well with me. If I pass no closer than 10 metres to a cactus, I still end up with needles in my hands and/or forearms. Well I decided to brave the spines and here are some of the most interesting (No injuries! I guess they just wanted to be famous).

Edit: mr_subjunctive has identified several of these plants below in the comments section. Thanks for the help!


  1. I would hate to stumble into some of those. Ouch

  2. There are some with tiny hair like spines that are next to impossible to get out. They constantly sting and usually break off when I try to remove them with tweezers...

  3. Most of those aren't cacti. Pedantic of me, I know. I'm sorry. But they're not.

    The first one is probably Euphorbia grandicornis. I have one at home as a houseplant and it's one of my favorites.

    #2 is an actual cactus but I don't know which one.

    #3 is a Euphorbia that I should know the name of but can't remember right now.

    #4 is a Euphorbia which either is, or is very very similar to, E. greenwayi, which I desperately want to own but have not been able to find for sale yet.

    #5 looks like Euphorbia enopla. I have one of those as a houseplant too; it's been kind of disappointed with me because I don't give it enough light from overhead, so mine trails unnaturally instead of growing upright like it would prefer.

    #6 is, again, a cactus, but I'm not sure which one.

  4. Also: I am sorry for spamming your blog with IDs. I got carried away. Won't happen again.

  5. I LOVE #4 E. greenwayi. I can see why it is coveted! On my yearly visit to Huntington Gardens, I may have to snatch a piece. SO KIDDING!!!!

  6. Hi again. #3 is, I'm pretty sure, a Euphorbia flanaganii var. cristata.


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