How cactus buds find their way
I have watched a passel of astrophytum blooms this eary summer. My big A. ornatum blooms and blooms again. It has been joined by my two A. capricorne. These are first time bloomers for me. What i am struck by, is the question of how the bud finds its way through the morass of needles. It is such a bramble of a birds nest. I did feel the needles finally right up by the bloom and they are not hard as the ones further out.They are infinitely more flexible. The Echinocactus horizonthalonius has the same problem. They do it by moving the needles aside with a large mass of fuzz. It has puzzled me because this bid cage needs an emphasis on the CAGE. this cactus dropped of 11 ' from a porch last year with a table landing on top of it in a watering accident and it was unharmed.
Here the bud of the A capricorn has successfully reconnoitered the maze of needles leaving me amazed.
Here is another A. capricorne that has successfully pushed the needles aside. Notice that the dark needles are still a bit flat and fatten up with maturity. These needles on this one stays a bit more flexible than the the first one.
This post was edited by wantonamara on Tue, Jul 9, 13 at 1:43