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Cyclops



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:50 pm    Post subject: christmas Cactus pad strike 2 Reply with quote

A slightly different version. this one lit from the front and converted to toned mono in photoshop, just how Blossfeldt might have seen it!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boy, it has a very metallic look to it with the mono tone added and the lighting adds a lot of texture to the surface.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hya Doug,to me it looks like its made of leather. Its fun how changing the position of the lighting changes the look completely!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ever tried to get hold of documented starts Cyclops of Zygocactus (now lumped into Schlumbergera) from authentic collected material? The normal cultivated forms are often hybrids. This is what I was quoted for unrooted two segment cuttings from Holland. (€1 = $1.4356 = £0.7905)

"They can obtained here.
we have S. truncata, unrooted cuttings, 2 segments, from Mrs. Beatrix Orssich who collected it in Tereiopolis.

We have S. russelliana collected by D. Hunt

We have Schlumbergera orssichiana from Mrs. Orssich (the original plant)

All two segments

S. truncata: euro 10
S. russelliana: euro 6
S. orssichiana: euro 25

Excluding registered shipping"

At £19.76p ($35.89) for two unrooted segments of S. orsichiana, a large plant must be worth a fortune! No I did not buy any!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crikey Dave thats a ridiculous amount of money for a christmas cactus segment! I doubt that many would be able to tell the difference between a modern plant and one of the original Zygocacti anyway! There may be slight differences in the shape of the segments but the flowers will be similar. I believe the original plant had red flowers (mine is pink-watch this space!) but the shape will be more or less the same!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least 20 years ago, when I was actively collecting epiphytic cacti, there was a genetically manipulated yellow form which cost a small fortune.

In those days Zygocactus,with its zygomorphic flowers, was considered distinct from Schlumbergera. There was an active specialist group in the UK, run by John Horobin , whose speciality was Schlumbergera.

http://www.jhorobin.freeserve.co.uk/

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The white flowered form apparently changes the flower colour from white to pale pink according to the temperature the flowers first developed in.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They also go darker/pinker as they die.

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