2013 Inter-City Cactus & Succulent Show: On The Trophy Table

Pretty, but not a winner:
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The best of the best--some of the plants on the Trophy Table at this year's show.  While most everyone was mobbing the plant sale, I was inside clicking away.
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A Cyphostemmna, perhaps?  I didn't get a look at every label.
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Someone appears to know what they're doing:
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This might have been an Alluadia:
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Some of the labels were completely out of reach, so it's not entirely my failure.  I have no idea what this is, Alluaudia dumosa.  Ain't it amazing?
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Best Agave of show Best novice Agave of show,  'Royal Spine', absolutely flawless.  
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Best Aloe of show, 'Reuben Shein' 
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Best..Astrophytum, I think.
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Best Crassulaceae(?).  I think they went by botanical family.  A Dudleya:
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Best bulb, I think.  A rather humble Eucomis among all the rarities.
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Such as this amazing Telephocactus Tephrocactus geometricus, which should also have won for "best imitation of scooped ice cream".  (Sorry for the misspelling!)
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And best imitation of wooly cinnamon rolls, or Mammilaria.
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Nope, no clue:
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Lined up...
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A photo of Best Photo, which was a rare hummingbird visiting an Agave flower cluster:
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Petra wins yet again:
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This Beaucarnea won for something else, but the tag noted it was pulled from a dumpster, and so gets the "Best Dumpster Dive" award, probably of all time.  Most of the large caudex had rotted out, but part of it was very alive and had sprouted three new tufts of foliage.  Yes, Petra again.  "Green thumb" would be an understatement.  
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Best bonsai, and impressive it was--the container was only one inch (25 mm) deep.
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And this was "Best Any Other Genus"
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Surprise!  What those fragile stems were emerging from:
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It was labeled as
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However, I'm guessing Dolichos.  The show runs through tomorrow, 8/18, at the Los Angeles Arboretum.


  1. I need a Telephocactus at once.

    1. Any plant that resembles ice cream...

  2. A great selection of plants. No wonder they all won prizes.

    1. I have pictures yet to post of some of the plants that didn't win anything--yet were gorgeous! The competition was intense.

  3. We took a lot of the same photos. Did you see those NOID agaves being auctioned off? That flawless 'Royal Spine' is the reason I finally bought one. When I got it home I realized it's a ringer for my 'Little Shark.' So I googled and found this: http://www.bambooandmore.info/2012/09/agave-royal-spine-vs-little-shark.html

    1. No, didn't see the auction. Only just time to go there and back again--still have my visitors. Beautiful show, wasn't it?

  4. Your photos are wonderful! Yes, I loved the show. I found a nice 'Snow Glow' too.

  5. Do love anything like the Mamillaria and that Tephrocactus. What great, bizarre plants!


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