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Astrophytum caput-medusae seedling

Bert Hendriksen
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Letter to Editor:

Hi Valery,

I just love your Cultivar Magazine!
Let me know what you think about my Astrophytum caput-medusae seedling ?
Bert Hendriksen
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

I had my first Astrophytum caput-medusae seedling just germinate October 3 2006. I had bought two seeds but only one germinated. I have four more seeds on the way. It will be very interesting to see what the seeds from this plant will produce.

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A one week old normal seedling should have 2 cotyledons and no center growth.

My photos will explain the rest.

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Photo 2. Day 1 - Oct. 3 2006 Astrophytum caput-medusae I had to removed the seed husk .Under the seed husk was a strange growth plus 4 cotyledons. Three on the outside and one inside with a strange growth on it. Photo taken through a microscope.

Photo 3. Day 3. Astrophytum caput-medusae seedling showing fourth cotyledon with strange growth.

Photo 4. Day 12 Astrophytum caput-medusae seedling

Photo 5. Day 20 - Oct. 23 2006 Today - Astrophytum caput-medusae seedling growing a stem.

Photo 6. Day 20 Astrophytum caput-medusae seedling showing a flat stem growing from the base of the center growth. Notice the wide areole.

That's it, up to date as of today! What do you think?

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