Inside the Succulent greenhouse at Huntington Botanical Gardens was like walking into another world. There were succulents from all over the globe inside. At this point my hubby and I were still at the beginning of the desert section and were still following a tour guide. But inside this greenhouse is where we fell way behind. I just kept looking and taking photos. Some of the succulents in this greenhouse I will probably never see anywhere else. And I will show them to you! I took tons of pics in this greenhouse because the plants were so great so I may do the greenhouse in two posts.
Curious plant with tuber is above ground level covered with layers of corky bark, resembling a caudex. Slow-growing. It is a very unusual succulent. Its main feature is a large, corky caudex that grows up to one meter in habitat, resembling an elephant foot (hence the popular name). The caudex looks as if it is segmented into geometric patterns (smaller plants look like tortoises) and looks dead but is actually a living tuber. A plant with a 18" caudex can be 75 years or older. The plant grows into a vine with attractive heart-shaped leaves and small yellow flowers.
Tuber of Dioscorea Macrostachya
Looks like a turtle shell to me!
Isn't this a beauty. This is from South Africa.
Mammillaria Spinosissima ssp. polyacanthae
Now this is an interesting plant from Mexico. It likes to grow upside down. Now the tour guide said that in the wild these cactus like to grow upside down like this so they cut a hole in the bottom of a pot and planted this cactus and it has grown like crazy.
Here is a shot of the bottom of the pot this crazy cactus is growing in. You would think it's weight would pull it out. But it does not.
This interesting succulent is from Mexico and can only be propagated from seed.
Mammillaria Fraileana from Mexico
An adult welwitschia consists of two leaves, a stem base and roots. That is all! Its two permanent leaves are unique in the plant kingdom. They are the original leaves from when the plant was a seedling, and they just continue to grow and are never shed. They are leathery, broad, strap-shaped and they lie on the ground becoming torn to ribbons and tattered with age. These plants are truly one of a kind. The estimated lifespan of these plants is 400 to 1500 years old. This has been proved through carbon dating. I do not know what the age of these are. The sexes are seperate in these plants. I believe that this is a male. For more information in regards to this plant check out this web site.
These plants are so awesome and unusual that I took quite a few photos. The greenhouse had about 5 of them. Since they are so different I will show some of the others. They don't want to be left out!
I think this is a male and female. The male is on the left.
These two plants are surrounded by Stapelia grandiflora. I will show them in the next post. They were really beautiful and blooming all over. You can probably see a couple in this photo.
That is it for now. I hope you enjoyed. These are some very interesting and incredibly unusual plants. The last one I don't think I will ever see again. Unless I go back for another visit. Yes!!!
Have a great week and I will try to visit everyone soon.
It's Another Beautiful Day!