Identification: Cactus Identification Please!

Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by Shannon1979, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Shannon1979

    Shannon1979 Active Member

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    Hi there! I've decided to try my hand with cacti/succulents and picked up this little guy to start with. I haven't been able to identify it as yet, the closest ID I found is a barrel cactus, but it doesn't quite look the same. It's got a really neat little white growth on one side right under the flower that looks like a rock, and even the flower is quite rigid and sharp. Sorry about the blurry pics, I was trying to get as close up as I could. Thanks for your help....again!!

    Shannon
     

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    mandarin Active Member 10 Years

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    White growth? That cannot be. A small stone trapped under a spine?
    The flowers are fake flowers, glued or pinned to the body.Try to remove them without hurting the cactus.
    I think it is a kind of Ferocactus, maybe a histrix but the pictures are not sharp enough for a reliable ID (except for a Ferocactus expert, perhaps). The plant is young too, it is more difficult to identify them when they are small.
     
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    Hi, and thanks for your help. You can actually see the white growth in one two of the pictures, right beneath the quite real flowers. I checked before purchasing and again now, its an actual bloom on the plant. I'll try to post some clearer pictures, thanks again for your reply. :)
     
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    mandarin Active Member 10 Years

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    Ferocactus usually do not flower when small (how big is yours, by the way?), and the flowers look strange. How long have they looked as in the pictures?
    Yes, I can see a white blob, but I cannot figure out what it is. Cactus growth is not white unless there is something terribly wrong with the plant.
     
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    Hi again! I just recently purchased it and the flowers are beginning to open up a bit more but haven't changed other then that. There were two of those white growths, I knocked one off accidently while moving it. They look almost like tiny pebbles, its kind of strange lol. The one that fell off was literally as hard as a rock but had a little dent in it where it was against the plant. Hopefully I didn't pick a sick one to start off with!!
     
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    Sorry, forgot to add that its only about 4 inches tall
     
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    Bigger than I first thought, but I still have doubts. Some types of fake flowers open and close like almost like real flowers, but I don't remember how this works. Flowers usually do not last for more than 2-4 days on this type of cactus, so it will be easy to find out whether these are real or not.
     
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    I would say Ferocactus histrix as well. I don't know how old they need to be to bloom, but from those pix, I would have also said it was a fake flower! :D
    Here's the youngest blooming plant pic I could find:
    http://fichas.infojardin.com/cactus/ferocactus-histrix.htm Does your flower(s) have stamen?
     

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