Bloomin’ eck!

Upon receiving this Copiapoa hypogaea at the end of September, I thought it would prove difficult to grow, but so far it hasn’t shown any obvious signs of dissatisfaction. If anything, I was very surprised to see it’d bloomed today, particularly because my plants should be going into dormancy now.

Copiapoa hypogaea flower

I pollinated the almost luminescent lemon-yellow flower just in case hypogaea is self-fertile, but i’m doubtful of any seeds setting.

Update!

Today the flower opened up even more. Perhaps this is characteristic of this plant, but I haven’t seen any of my other cacti do this. The stamen look brilliant splayed out over the outwardly drooping petals.

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~ by Brown Moth on October 21, 2009.

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