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Cactus Valley C&S Collection Part 1

This is the first section of the cactus and succulent display collection at Cactus Valley. These are some of the large specimens. I noticed that many are Notocactus magnificus and Notocactus leninghausii. Many of the Notocactus magnificus specimens are over 1 feet high, with numerous offsets. There are more Notocactus leninghausii than Notocactus magnificus.
A closer view of the foreground of the previous shot. At centre-left is a Notocactus magnificus while the plant at centre-right might be a Notocactus claviceps (its probably too large to be a Notocactus leninghausii.) The specimen in the foreground also appears to be a Notocactus. Lots of the more slender Notocactus leninghausii can be seen in the background.
Looking down from a upper terrace. The common genera are Mammillaria, Notocactus, Ferocactus and Melocactus. Most C&S specimens in Cactus Valley are planted in pots, only the largest columar or branching species are grown in the ground. The soil used does not seem to be of a special type, but it does seem quite sandy.
Here is the lower left section of the picture above. There is an abundance of large solitary Mammillarias, and many of these have either flowered previously or are flowering right now. Still, they seem to be a little less willing to flower (or the flowers are less abundant) compared to plants in temperate countries.
A view that encompasses most of the main terrace level. Most of the prime specimens are situated on this terrace. Note the central barrel cactus display and the columar cacti display behind it. While this area is broad, other parts of Cactus Valley is more narrow.
A close-up of the Echinocactus grusonii (Barrel Cactus) display. The topmost specimen is in bloom. No other specimen seem to be in bloom. Practically all of the display specimens in Cactus Valley seem to be planted in glazed clay pots.
A large Scilla specimen surrounded by a whole bunch of Notocactus leninghausii. All of the Notocactus leninghausii seem to be in the pink of health, although I don't think I saw any open flowers.

Notocactus leninghausii, Notocactus magnificus and Notocactus claviceps are three of the large Notocactus species that are pretty tough and grow well in the Malaysian climate. If you want a ribbed, stoutly columar species, get these.

A close-up of the Notocactus leninghausii in the foreground of the picture above. A number of the stems seem to have dried flower remains. I did not remember seeing any open flowers, so maybe I visited the place at the wrong time.

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