Lobivia jajoiana

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DaveW
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Lobivia jajoiana

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Since getting this new computer running Vista I have been unable to post any images on this site, though they posted OK elsewhere. I have just loaded Microsoft's security patches and upgrades for Vista and it seems to be working OK now, but I will keep my fingers crossed.

Anyway here's Lobivia jajoiana, note the rather unusual black filiments under the anthers, springing from a black hymen in the throat of the flower.

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That is one beautiful cactus Dave....great to have you back :wink: The black is a nice contrast to the salmon color of the flowers.
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Post by Bruce Williams »

Glad you appear to be back up and posting Dave. This is an unusual flower, I wonder if it attracts a very specific pollinating vector? Your plant looks to have some age and to have been quite hard grown too - a quality I really appreciate in a plant. I was a sucker for the beautiful imported plants that were sold back in the 70's that looked like they'd never seen rain.

Nice pic.

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Hi Dave, its good to see you back posting. Striking flower on that cactus; How long have you had your plant?

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It is a plant I acquired from the collection of a member of our cactus branch who died. Nobody else was interested in it being a Lobivia, but I knew jajoiana was unusual in having black throated and anthered flowers. It was quite a size then, but has grown quite a bit since I had it. All my plants are hard grown as I do not heat in winter so they have been down to 28 Fahrenheit (still have not yet converted to Centigrade!) Obviously I therefore do not grow Pilosocerei Irwin!

I still have yet to start watering this year. The plants have been dry since last September. I usually wait until I see the first signs of new spine growth because the plants seem to know better than me what the weather's going to do. If kept on the cold side they do not shrink too much, unlike if you try that in warmer or central heated conditions. I do have the odd flower coming out now though.

Strange how people prefer plants to look. Like you Bruce I like habitat stuff with their long tight spination. We had a couple over from Australia a decade or so ago and took them round to a magnificent collection where the Escobarias were covered with tight bright wonderful spination. Their remark was "they don't seem to be growing very well because you can't see the green body for the spines!".

My friend who had been living near them in Australia for a while said the cacti did not get a proper resting season in the part of Australia where the couple came from, due to the climate there the plants grew virtually all the year around so tended to look more green and open than plants getting a proper winter resting season as they do in habitat. A proper winter rest for cacti tends to encourage flowering.

DaveW

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