More obscurities from my adventure down south, a quick tour of the arid house at the botanical gardens of UC Berkeley. I know I know, I’ve gone a little cactus crazy as of late, but I can’t get over how bizarre these plants are.
Here in a separate greenhouse we some saw Berkeley’s ‘real’ succulent collection.
A quick tour of some of my favorites.
What a treasure trove of succulent rarities. From cacti to caudiciform there was a lot to take in.
Here we have an exceptionally old Euphorbia horrida. What a living fractal!
Euphorbia duranii Var. Ankaratrae
Aztekium ritteri. Known to be the slowest growing of all cacti, this gnarled relic is an old one for sure. Add this one to the wishlist if it wasn’t there already.
I just love oldgrowth ariocarpus, so cool
Kedrostis nana Var. Zeyheri
An exceptionally old & large leuchtenbergia principis. Known as a false agave this is by far my favorite plant in the cactus family. It’s quirky, a little bit worse for wear yet still fascinating.
Welwitschia mirabilis wins the strangest plant award. This strange plant only ever produces one set of leaves, in which it continues to grow for it’s entire lifetime (which can sometimes be well over 1000 years). To add to it’s obscurity, it’s cone bearing and grows in arid conditions in which no rain may fall for over a year. If you’ve never read about these incredible plants before, do take a moment to be amazed and check out this article on the Plants of Africa website.
Beyond the public area they had a huge collection behind locked doors, viewable only through chain-link. Well I was disappointed to not be able to take a closer look I could also understand them not wanting just anyone poking about.
Next stop, The Huntington Botanical Garden in L.A.