newbie to the forum with new hobby: "fat plants"

Juan_JImenez_VSeptember 7, 2013

Hello, I am new to forum.
I have been collecting cactus for a couple of years but after visiting the 2013 intercity cactus and succulent show in Arcadia California for the first time, I got very interested in the caudiciform plants or fat plants, actually I had a couple of them before the show,
see you around.
Juan

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caudex1

Post some photos! I'm another caudex connoisseur

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 6:18PM
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Juan_JImenez_V

nice plant, here are some of mine,
1st, one of my Adenias Glauca in 8 inch pot

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 11:24PM
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Juan_JImenez_V

here is a picture of Adenia Glauca fruits,
they look delicious. My 3 kids know that they are poisonous.
I will post more pictures of my other fat plats later when I take pictures.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 12:02AM
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Juan_JImenez_V

ok, here is one of my 4 cyphstemma juttae, actually my favorite one.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 1:38AM
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Juan_JImenez_V

a bunch of babies.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 1:50AM
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Juan_JImenez_V

one from my wish list, adenia spinosa

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 1:54AM
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Juan_JImenez_V

cissus tuberosa in 8 inch pot, this one is mine.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 1:59AM
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hanzrobo(11)

Very nice, Juan!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 11:43PM
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cactusmcharris

Fat plants............they're grrrrrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaaatttttt.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 11:51PM
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yorkiemiki

Wow I love all those fat plants. Is their a particular name for those? I know the ponytail palms are actually succulents. I love those. Is there a name for this group of tree looking succulents that have bulbs on the bottom where they 'retain their water?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:13AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Fat plants = Caudex forming plant. They can be a xeric shrub, succulents, A xeric tree, or vine. Many are considered succulents since they store water in their caudex's . There are many Many families. We just call them all Fat Plants. I don't care if they are not all true succulents ( I know nothing about the science here). I want to keep talking about them on this form so don't get no movement going to take them somewhere else! Some fat plants ( The adenums have been taken away to their own forum).

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 1:01PM
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yorkiemiki

Thankyou. I love Fat Plants or Caudex plants as well. I just didnd't know the name. What are some that are easy to grow in dry succulent climates similar to ponytail palms?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 7:22PM
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cactusmcharris

miki,

Pachycaul is also often used. For an answer to your most recent question, you should be able to find Cyphostemma juttae easily and grow it in SouCal - it's a great beginner plant. Here's mine, in addition to the one already pictured.

This post was edited by cactusmcharris on Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 21:01

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:53PM
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yorkiemiki

Very cool plant the Cyphostemma juttae. I was wondering if Cyphostemma juttae, pony tail palms, or other caudex have invasive root systems for plumbing or foundation/sidewalks?

I'm thinking of planting a pony tail palm pretty close to my sidewalk. Do caudex' have tap roots, or invasive roots...wait a sec are tap roots invasive? I have so many questions lol

This post was edited by yorkiemiki on Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 23:36

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:57PM
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cactusmcharris

m,

No, they don't. While a mature plant would have a myriad of roots, they're compacted into a small, not-long area, more like a mat of roots, that even for a 4'-wide specimen of Beaucarnea recurvata, would be thick but not long.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 12:12AM
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yorkiemiki

Awesome thanks for the info. I will plant a few outside in the little strip between the sidewalk and street :)

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 1:48PM
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sf_rhino

Gotta love some baobabs! I've decided to finally start trimming back one of my older ones to get some branching, so far it just makes a single new growing tip instead of bifurcating. The leaves are actually quite delicious, almost like a sweat pea.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 6:41PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I bought some baobab jelly that was pretty good. Do you have pictures to share of your littler tree?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 6:54PM
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sf_rhino

Here are some photos from a few months ago when I was potting up my taller baobab. This one hasn't been chopped at all. I have one shorter one and several seedlings.

BTW, it seems like there isn't an easy way to link to google+ photos.... I had to write in the html code! What is this 1995!!!?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 3:45PM
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sf_rhino

I really like the taste of the baobab fruit--tangy and slightly sweet. Unfortunately I only get my hands on some when I'm traveling to far away places. I maintain a list of baobab locations just in case I am nearby so I can check them out. I believe there is one in the arboretum in Arcadia (Adansonia rubrostipa) and one near Indio at the Living Desert (zoo?) but I don't know which species.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 3:52PM
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