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  1. sagiXsagi

    Acacia Germination

    I got 5 seedlings acuminata going, yesterday I transplanted them in a biggy pot.
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    Amanita muscaria ULTIMATE super-duper thread

    I too am under the impression that US muscarias are different, and they might cause more stomach upset. My reports are based on european material and actually all from the same woods. As for "preparing for food" it's definately reported, but who guarantees the actives all go? My impression is that if all or most of the actives go, the mushroom might not be tasty anymore. And if not all actives go, one could get high.
  3. sagiXsagi

    Mandrake cultivation discussion

    pretty, this locality, more impressive than the island type I was growing at first. . growing each locality for long time allows you to better figure out the differences between then, in this occasion the flower phenotypes. photos help too.. I officially will be making lots of fruits of hybrid btwenn them now...
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    Mandrake cultivation discussion

    two strains of greek mandragora
  5. sagiXsagi

    Acacia Germination

    I am having germinations in both narrow and broad type acuminata in as low as 4 days, but the husk doesn't seem its totally freed. Maybe the soaking for half a day you mentioned would help a bit more with this.
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    Spiderman ephedra foeminea

    And fucking wow there you have it, zoom in and you will see it.. the olive tree swallows the ephedra stems trying to get a grip. and they seem to be ok with it... I said this from the start, that this spot is a case study for the foeminea species.
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Continuing with adding habitat photos which seem to be missing from the early pages of the the thread. Ephedra foeminea (s.s sensu strictu, in my view, there are couple differences, more narrow stems, different positioning of the seed in fruit, different seed, cf fragilis being more "fragile" at joints) here are two pictures that show the woody base trunks of a pretty old plant. This is spot is also magnificent.. for bigger plants, its always always impossible to get to the base to find the woody trunks that "start" the whole you see up the trees! But these plants have been growing as bushes propably due to being to the border of a long cultivated plot. olives... who knows if these have been cut down from machines and then they resprouted various shoots from all over a giant underground root which seems to bbe the thing in a nearby spot. so pictures 3 + 4 are a bushy one and one that has conquered that olive! This is trully a typical behaviour and really iconic pic for the species in question. Most areas of foemineas I have seen, except the archeological site which is different for a number of reasons, are huge, big plants on trees, or old shrubs. When you see that kind of habitats, with really old plants you are amazed, wow that what they look when they are pretty old, but you dont see any new ones. So you also get the feeling that you are finding a relic colony of foemineas when you find it.. its pretty special and fun to see in the wild, the genus being dioecious , as you try to spot the male one, which is the one that doesnt bare fruits... This is pretty special as a sight in relatively unharmed habitats as well as those old specimens up on those trees..
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    another location, an archeological site this is by the sea, previous was at 500-600 elevation further in the land. again, propably the same or similar strain foeminea 'cf fragilis' this is really a site with an intense ephedra presence around the ruins, perfect for photography of the species and genus in general. Not that foeminea is that rare to see, especially in archeological ruins and the little unspoilt "woodland" and macacue of greece. But its not that common. It's typical for foemineas to exist in woody areas by the sea in greece, and distachya also appears to have a similar presence in northern greece. These are the genetically older species, the mediteranean ones, that gave birth to all more recent ones the asian ones and afterwards the american ones.. There are various species around the midditeranean area which have this climbing, crawler behaviour as described for fragilis and foeminea , I am looking for any kind of those of species seed, from around the mediterenean, preferably not foeminea or "fragilis", even though I would like to get "fragilis" seed from moroco. Many countried like jordan, isreal, libya have native interestin native species I would like to try from seed. All I am asking is to any of you than might know anyone than lives in locations where native epehdras, perhaps let them know that some fresh seeds would add greatly in my search to grow as much epehdra species as I can and will always come back after some years to tell the story . so any seed from known locations is welcome, especially tested fresh viable seed , PM me , could trade or pay. Not midoterenean only seed, north and south american species are also wanted , I am very excited to grow ephedras from other continents, all of them if I could. Of course I am not that ambitious but I know I am willing to try and grow whatever species of ephedra around the world. They used to have some 65 species in ephedra, but eventually they were cut down maybe to 45, but there you go you got 3 new species from asia so its a taxonomic nightmare or dream , depends on what's your attitude. I supposedly have some 11-12 species , and they seem to bee right so far, but once you get to that number, its hard to get more species.. chilensis seems very interesting, some seed were sold a couple years ago but I dont know If they are still sold. Cant find the link. Very interesting species, grow slow and erect, once established a bit the can throw some nice growth bursts and pump the mian stems before 1.5 year old. But I am not the one to test if f.e. chilensis can stand a -10 or lower winter, if we are talking outside. Anyways, you get the drift. The crawler / climber species like foeminea, like f.e. alta, morocan and spanish fragilis, and other species I dont remeber now, which exist only around mediteranean area, are generally not known to contain alkaloids like some of the more known species, so this is an entirely taxonomic thing for me and from love for the genus as a whole. I think the most handsome one is chilensis which also doesnt seem to have said alkaloids. I hope I eventually get a couple to flowering and some girth to prove my point for its beauty and different phenotype, compared to other ones... But I would like to grow asian ephedra climber species to compare to out native ones around foeminea. some of these pics, these espcially a couple in the ground that look like small plants, could easily pass for asian species, no? but this is because the place is regularly pruned.
  9. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Unfortunately some of the earlier pictures in this thread seem to have been lost. This thread is missing habitat pictures. So I thought I put some Ephedra foeminea "cf fragilis" type huge old plants near and beside old animal paths.
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    Amanita muscaria ULTIMATE super-duper thread

    ^^^ numbers are wrong, 15 grams of dried pantherina are seriously too much, and certainly a dangerous overdose. I mean really dangerous. this report from your youth I assume it the typical stuff you come across on the net. Nothing really happens, until something really hapens and then the partaker is terrified. Typical. coming soon amanita muscaria essay in pdf format
  11. sagiXsagi

    WBs random photos

    nice thread! I too have a coupld saffran crocus and sometimes I only see them spent cool to know how they are dried, I want to dig them up this year after leaves die Cheers!
  12. sagiXsagi

    don't cha love it when...

    DCLIW when you find the ephedra plants you planted in the ground and neglected to water made it through summer , are alive + kicking and growing mid winter at 900m elevation??
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    And here are the 5 foemineas (one of the two strains existing locally). I admit the weed-clearing and placement of stones when planting those was not as thorough as when planting the foreigners which all went to the same spot, but it seems it was enough.. These will need tieing up when I return to visit again, and they are definately described as neing climbers and crawlers, so they need some support (thus the branches in the pics). Some had fallen over, growing among the grass and I tried to fix them to a sunnier spot as well as I could. One of them, you will know which, seems to be dwarf-like. I would guess that it is some other species, but I am quite sure I only planted foemineas in this spot and also I have had another plantlet from this sowing like this, smaller and dwarf. We wil see. Overall this was a fantastic christmass day finding the plants for which I have spent quite some time alive and mostly well, It was cold and wet, with only occasional sunshine, but totally worth it, totally fulfilling. Grow on and have nice holidays, hey? PS: First nebrodensis = major seedling to sprout today, to make it even more special, 5 days like my previous record of "fastest ephedra baby to sprout" record, lets hope the rates are as high as the early sprouting indicates. If the seed is good, I will have several if not tens of sproutings in the next 3-7 days.
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    I am so happy!!! FLASH UPDATE!! Remember a couple posts above how I said I stupidly planted some of seed grown ephedras early summer and never went to water them during summer and I thought they where dead, a lost cause? Well the person that told me they were dead simply missed them!! Well I thought he hadnt search well and maybe some of the greek ones were still alive, but I had lost hope for the foreigners... After I found the first one, the gerardiana, I proceeded to search among the weeds some times, to find 5 of 6 foemineas and 4 of 5 of foreign species are alive of all planted! Not bad all. Spot is at an elevation of ~900 meters and very shinny and as you realise its pretty colder than my sunny roof almost at sea level. They were quite hidden by weeds, I even stepped on the sinica! Then proceeded to we-weed and clear the spot. The sinica, even though being a good and my biggest seedling of 3 at the time, after the ordeal, seems the most stressed and was the only one not actively growing (same thing with the sincas back home, they are not active, at least not above the ground) , and both the 2 chilensis seem like they had a portion dried during some stress period in summer, the gerardiana which was the only one not seed grown, seemed to have put out the most growth and was less stressed. As I found the 2 chilensis, the gerardiana (sikkemensis) and the sinica, I wondered If I had put only 4. It might be so, but if they were 5 I must have planted a 3rd chilensis which was gone. Not really sure. Nexti time in 2-3 months I should de-weed again and place some more stones and pebbles around them. Or I might go earlier to check again and place some rocks if I got for a late x-mas- new years eve mushroom hunt Pictures: first here are the 2 chilensis (sure hope its a male + female!), then the geradiana, then the sinica and then a group shot of the spot with the all foreigners together
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    Mandrake cultivation discussion

    Snails love the leaves and the outter portion of the fruit, but I havent had a flower eaten to my knowledge. You have to have two plants flower in sync to have a fruit, but I suppose you already know this.