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Cactus Valley -- Pictures of Individual Specimens

Here are some pictures of individual specimens. Cactus Valley does not seem to have many specimens of Astrophytum (practically none!) and Gymnocalycium. If you are not a Malaysian, you may have noticed that Malaysians tend not to care about species identification. This is true for both exhibited plants and plants for sale. We don't tag our plants.

Ferocactus glaucescens. This is not a very large specimen (less than 1 feet tall) but it is already in bloom. This is one species of Ferocactus that seem to be willing to flower when it is still quite small.

There is a fair number of Ferocactus specimens in Cactus Valley, including one or two large ones. Nothing exceeding 1m (3 feet), though. If you want to find gems like the plant on the left, you will have to spend the time to look around carefully.

This ribbed specimen could be a Parodia horstii. Lovely reddish-orange flowers. The flowers of this specimen really stood out among less showy Mammillaria flowers.

If you have the time, it's well worth combing the place for such specimens. You won't find many of these around; in fact, many of the more exotic species are represented by one or two examples.

A normal Gymnocalycium mihanovichii in bloom. This specimen has white flowers. Flowers of this species range from white to pink.

The red-coloured mutant variety are all relegated to the mass-market retail section, so no examples can be found in the display area. As for normal Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, there are probably no more than five in the whole area.

I haven't gotten around to identifying this specimen. Don't bother with trying, because I have turned the JPEG picture quality low to conserve space. The spination cannot be clearly seen so it would be pointless to squint your eyes.
A Rebutia. A few large pots can be found, and one or two pots were in bloom when I visited the place. Flowering examples can be spotted very easily, being (almost literally) the rose among the sea of thorns. Beware though, a change in microclimate will shut down flowering in any specimen you buy when it is taken down to lower and hotter elevations.
I haven't gotten around to identifying this specimen either. Probably in the Ferocactus, Hamatocactus (obsolete name) or Thelocactus families.
A partially variegated Gymnocalycium mihanovichii. Only a portion of the main stem has lost its normal pigments, so one side now appears red. The flower is also white, same as the specimen in the picture above. No seed pods were visible.
A cute-looking succulent specimen. I'll wait until I get the Succulents II book first before trying to make a positive ID.
This is a large specimen of the generic Echinopsis that can be found in quite a few Malaysian homes. This portion of the photo is not quite sharp enough, but some dried flower remains can just be seen. Although I've seen other species of Echinopsis bloom in the Malaysian lowlands, this is the first time I've seen this generic species bloom. So apparently it does flower, if you do not live too close to sea level.
A large clump of Gasteria with many stalks of flowers protruding from it. There are no seed pods, because many succulents have very specialized pollination mechanisms, usually involving certain types of insects. Gasteria gets its name from its stomach-shaped flowers.
A Stenocereus thurberi specimen, about 1 foot or so in height. This is the largest specimen of Stenocereus thurberi that I've seen in Malaysia. I know they can grow much larger, but the specimens that I have seem to be very susceptible to red spider mites. The ribs are more narrow than in Stenocereus pruinosus, so getting at bugs is more difficult.
One of the many examples of Notocactus magnificus at Cactus Valley. The few large species in the Notocactus (or Parodia) family are perfect if you like a columar, but not too columar, plant. A fat stem like this is less likely to topple over, and they can withstand a lot of abuse too. I did not see any Notocactus magnificus flowers, but many Notocactus leninghausii had dried flower remains.
A bunch of Tillandsia. They are more widely known as 'air plants'. These are probably the larger varieties. Air plants were a popular fad for a while, but now they are difficult to find in nurseries or shopping complexes.

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