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CACTI IN WILDLIFE AND IN COLLECTIONS

translated by Irina Kalmikova

There is an opinion that the plants grown from the seeds that were taken from the wildlife might differ immensely from their "parents". Is that true? Go ahead, show and tell!


Photo 1. E. horizontalonius

Photo 2. E. horizontalonius

Oleg Ilyashenko: «On photo 1 & 2 you can see two Echinocactus horizontalonius PV 331 plants from one and the same field of growing. Photo 1: the plant was grown from the seeds collected in the wildlife in Caballos Mts, NM in 1996.

Photo 2: the plant of the same species was collected in habitat in 2001 (I'll drop out the names) from the same place. Both of these plants have been held in my collection in the same conditions since 2001. The wildlife specimen blooms. But the seedling will never take after his wildlife "elder brother", even when it is of the same age.»


Photo 3. Lophophora from the wild

Photo 4. Lophophora from seeds

All the plants are from Oleg Ilyashenko's collection.

 

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