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Cactus and Succulent Nurseries in Cameron Highlands

I went for a short holiday in Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia in late April 2002. There, I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the C&S nurseries and gardens that are situated in Cameron Highlands. For address information, see C&S Nurseries in Malaysia Page.

Cactus Valley

Cactus Valley has the best C&S collection in Malaysia. There is a public collection at Taman Bukit Cahaya in Shah Alam, Selangor, but second-hand reports have not been impressive, to say the least.

The front entrance of Cactus Valley. The entrance fee is RM4 (about USD1) for adults and RM2 for children. There is no charge for cameras. They will probably also give discounts for older folks or for tour groups. The bulk of the C&S plants forms an impressive collection. There is also a retail section. Most specimens are grown in pots. Strawberries, tomatoes and vegetables are also grown in the vicinity.

If you plan to visit the place, let me warn you first that the site is mainly terraced hillslopes. The ground is paved concrete, as are steps between terraces. Be careful when walking around as the steps can be uneven or a little high. The following pages contains the rest of the Cactus Valley pictures:

Cactus Point

The entrance to Cactus Point. Cactus Point is more of a retail nursery, with a very small, but nice exhibit of large specimens. It is located further up the Cameron Highlands plateau, a few miles beyond Brinchang. The following page contains more pictures:

Uncle Sam Farm

The retail plants at Uncle Sam Farm [sic] are priced identically to plants at Cactus Point. This nursery is just across the road from Cactus Point. It seem to have a slightly better selection of succulent plants on retail. This place also sells a wide variety of tourist knick knacks. A market selling fresh Cameron Highlands vegetables in just adjacent to this nursery.
An out-of-bounds section. The bench in the centre holds a whole bunch of mutant Gymnocalycium mihanovichii 'Hibotan' grafts (see below.) These are probably imported. I've never seen anyone with an old specimen, so I guess consumers go through a huge number of these plants every year. An industry staple, definitely.
A close-up of the bench containing the trays of mutant Gymnocalycium mihanovichii 'Hibotan' grafts. Other common types of grafted chlorophyll-free plants are also visible, including yellow-coloured Lobivia silvestrii, monstrose forms, and yellow-coloured mutant Gymnocalycium denudatum.

A wide variety of C&S plants are also sold at Rainbow Gardens, a little further up the road from Tanah Rata, and the butterfly farm, which is located near the end of the main road near Kea Farms. They are also well worth a look. For more pictures, check out the Cactus Valley picture pages (see above.)

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