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Parodia comarapana is a small cactus in my collection, which has bright orange flowers, and it has flowered this year …

First one flower opened

Then another flower opened

Then a third flower opened

It is tiny, about the size of a 50 pence piece …

… but it will grow bigger than that in time.

The cactus is endemic to a small area around Santa Cruz in Bolivia, at altitudes of 1500 meters (around 5000 feet)

The area where it grows is threatened by subsistence farming and agriculture and the land is being cleared for cultivation,
but the rocky places where it is found give it a degree of protection.

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It is really exotic, well done Hywel.

24 Aug, 2018

 

That is so beautiful!

24 Aug, 2018

 

Nice to see its progress and how pretty it is even though it is tiny.

24 Aug, 2018

 

Isn't that lovely?

25 Aug, 2018

 

That is a little beauty Hywel...

25 Aug, 2018

 

Thank you all for reading about my cactus :)

26 Aug, 2018

 

I love the bright orange against the dark green - A striking color combination.

26 Aug, 2018

 

I can see now how small theflowers are now it's against the 50p looks beautiful with the extra flowers.

26 Aug, 2018

 

I remember that one, Hywel. It is a striking colour and photographs well!!

(Do you ever pick up any minute "hairs" from some of your cacti? They can be worse than the cacti with vicious-looking thorns.)

26 Aug, 2018

 

Thank you everyone :)

Eirlys yes they are called glochids. Opuntias and a few others have them. They irritate your skin and are difficult to remove.

26 Aug, 2018

 

Its very pretty Hywel, and great that there are three flowers on such a tiny thing - well done that cactus! Lets hope it never gets damaged by developers. Don't you think developers is the wrong word for them - sounds as though they are improving on the original rather than destroying it

Have you tried elastoplast or sellotape on glochids(works on lily pollen as well,as long as nobody touches it first)

26 Aug, 2018

 

Thank you.
I'll have to try sellotape next time I bump into one of my Opuntias :)

27 Aug, 2018

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