As a change of pace for Bloom Day, flowers seen at the Inter-City Cactus and Succulent Show, Los Angeles Arboretum. Many out-of-the-ordinary plants, with long unfamiliar and hard to spell names.
Neoporteria nidus ssp. senilis
Didn't get the name of this one
Echeveria lutea. The plant was very small (and tired!) compared to the towering flower stems.
Pure, pure yellow. The lighting in the hall has apparently been upgraded to LED from fluorescent since last year and was much better for photographs.
Flowers of not nearly so pure a yellow on a medusa-type Euphorbia.
Gasteria. The genus is named for the stomach-like shape of the flowers--"gaster" is Latin for "stomach".
I think these flower buds are Hoodia--something in Stapeliae, anyway.
Hoodia gordoni flowers are sort of like old radar antennas in a pepto-bismol kind of pink.
Getting the names of these plants correctly has been an effort! This one is Mestoklema tuberosa, one of the Aizoaceae (ice plants).
It is prized more for its interesting bulbous root systems than for its orange flowers:
Monadenium ritchiei from rocky slopes, East Africa
Ceraria namaquensis, from the borderlands of Namibia with South Africa.
Peduncles 13-17 mm long, angular, unbranched. Pedicels involucrated by some minute ovate bracts, about 4 mm long, solitary or few. Calyx 2-phyllous, three times shorter than the 5 rose-colored, obovate, near 2 mm long petals. Stamens 5; filaments linear. Anthers oblong, emarginate at both ends. Ovary ovate. Style short. Got that?
Conophytum pellucidum: This plant is 3" wide (76 mm).
Uncaria roeoselania, from Madagascar. Unlike many of the plants in this post, U. roeoselania needs plentiful amounts of water.
And to finish with the show's floral pièce de résistance: Pachycormus discolor, in bloom, on the trophy table. Pachycormus discolor is native to Baja California.
An out-of-the-ordinary bloom day, with most extraordinary plants. I hope you enjoyed it. More blooms via May Dreams Garden Blog. More of the 2016 Inter-City show in future posts.