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Cactus Valley C&S Collection Part 5

Further back, there are a few long terraces overlooking a large flat plot of land (which is used to grow strawberries.) One of the terraces hold a bunch of apple trees. That section is out-of-bounds for now.

These sections hold smaller specimens. A few nice Rebutias and Gymnocalyciums can be found at these levels.

Younger Mammillaria (left) and Echinocactus (right) specimens. I wonder why the owners are so obsessed with these specimens. My favourite genus, Gymnocalycium, is woefully under-represented at Cactus Valley. In fact, I don't quite remember seeing an Astrophytum. Glaring absentees... unless someone had bought them up. Hmmm... Astrophytum desperados?
Rows upon rows of Echinocactus grusonii. I suppose they are here to be bulked up; I totally fail to see any point in having an exhibit of so many plants of the same species. No price tags, but I'm sure a bit of bargaining would do the trick. After all, I know someone who buys only large mature specimens from Cameron Highlands, but such specimens are nowhere in sight at retail sections. One wonders... .
Most Malaysians love to haggle over pricing, or for that matter, so does anyone else in the world who likes to get the maximum mileage from money.

Here is a close-up of the Mammillaria microthele specimens. I'm sure they can spare a pot or two if the price is right. Some specimens, like the one in the lower right, seem to be flowering.

This section is landscaped, and it contains columar and branching specimens. There are quite a few succulents as well.

This is one of the few sections that is actually landscaped to look like a desert landscape or a rock garden. There is quite an interesting mixture of succulents here.

Look at the clump of Gasteria in on the ground at the bottom of the shot. This species has a more narrow leaf and a sharper leaf tip. It seem to be flowering profusely. There is a nice hairy columar cacti in the background; could be an Epostoa or a Cephalocereus.
Hylocereus undatus. The flowers are yellowish, greenish, and whitish. This is a generic variety, so one cannot be too choosy about colour. The common variety in Malaysia would probably be the one bred to produce large fruits, called "dragon fruit" in local markets. The name is also used in the South Asian region; it is also grown in South China.
A close-up view of a section of the Hylocereus undatus bed. I only saw flowers; didn't see any fruits. Maybe I did not look hard enough, because they don't seem to have a policy of picking fruits -- there are tomato plants elsewhere at Cactus Valley with bunches of ripe fruit grown for exhibition, not for cropping.
This is the retail section. The Echinocactus is not for sale, of course. It is a live prop designed to induce cactus fever in visitors . Cactus Valley is also a major tourist destination in Cameron Highlands, so there are a lot of other knick knacks for sale.
A selection of Mammillarias for sale. The other two major C&S nurseries sell their plants at wholesale prices, so plants are cheaper elsewhere than at Cactus Valley. It shows, because I noticed that the plants for sale at Cactus Valley do not look as fresh as the plants for sale at the wholesalers. So take the time look around first, and enjoy the spectacular exhibition at Cactus Valley.

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