Dunedin Botanic Garden; the cactus house

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 Senecio auriculatus, looking better than it did in my care.

Rather than write a ton about all the different succulents in this greenhouse, I’ll just let you take a look. Nice landscape planning!

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 Plants look even better when they feel at home, don’t you agree?
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Tiny spikes.
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I love a display with some well placed columnar basalt, don’t you?
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Oh, to have this much space for cactus. It looks to me like there’s room for a lot more.
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Let’s be honest. If you were to come across an Astrophytum myriostigma in the desert, would you recognize it as a plant at first glance?
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There are some truly bizarre cacti out there.
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 Tucked away in an oddly placed cabinet were some carnivorous plants.
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 An agave on it’s way out.
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If the cactus itself isn’t weird enough, sometimes the flower is even more extreme.
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Sometimes something you think you’ve seen before can still surprise you. I like the variegation in this aloe.
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At it’s feet, something that looks like something I once had.
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Not the most beautiful of plants, but it sure is unique. You can see the label at the base of the trunk. I love labels.
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That is one bulb that’ll never get eaten.
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Aloe polyphylla, once again. I can’t believe how many of these I’ve found in New Zealand!
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Vicious!
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Cussonia paniculata, Mountain Cabbage Tree.

Of the many botanical gardens and greenhouses that I visited in New Zealand, Dunedin had the best indoor cactus display. I think my favorite place overall was the Quarry Garden in Whangeri, though. It boasted a lot of seriously big leaves. That will be another post on another day, though.

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