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For Al, ...those mysterious Asclepiads

Posted by cactuspolecat Tasmania Aust (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 2, 05 at 16:38

Al, these are the two asclepiads hiding in the background of my former Gymno post, and you asked to see a pic.
I think these are now known as Larryleachia, though my tags still reflect the old name of Trichocaulon.
The larger one of the two is one I bought in 1982 as T. dinteri, a name synonymous with T. clavatum. The other plant that looks like a young Hoodia, is T. flavum, I only bought this one a couple of months ago.
So, for your pleasure...

Trichocaulon flavum and T. clavatum..

T. clavatum in flower earlier this year..

T. clavatum in flower in 1982 the year I bought it. Grown in bright sunlight, it soon loses its lush green look!.

Enjoy, CP

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RE: For Al, ...those mysterious Asclepiads

What a beauty! Almost a quarter century in your possession. I agree, it looks identical to plants bearing the more modern name "Larryleachia". The exposed roots add wonderful character to your prize plant. Of my two seedlings, only the one bloomed this autumn. Thanks for taking the time to dig up the archival photos.


RE: For Al, ...those mysterious Asclepiads

I have been wanting to to give one of these a try. Are they difficult at all? What kind would be the best to start out with? Yours are beautiful CP.


RE: For Al, ...those mysterious Asclepiads

Sutialbly ugly and very cool!

RE: For Al, ...those mysterious Asclepiads

Dawn, T. clavatum is surprisingly easy, (and I'm assuming that flavum is also). I just grow it in my regular cactus mix and I keep it dry for the winter. During it's dormant period it shrinks quite a bit, and the pups look like they're going to fall off, but come spring, it's quick to take up moisture fatten up again.
This plant is now producing three new pups. The pups don't readily root down if removed, so they are best left on the parent plant. Flowers come late Autumn to early Winter.

Cheers for now, CP

RE: For Al, ...those mysterious Asclepiads

Thanks CP. I am now on the hunt for one....after all, Jerry is still in NYC. How cols hardy are they?


RE: For Al, ...those mysterious Asclepiads

I can't say anything other than "WOW".

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