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    Cactus ID

    Thanks for the quick replies. Now the problem, is that it was labelled as a Cereus Uruguayanus. I'm pretty sure it's not. It definitely looks tricho to me. And it looks nothing like any of the Cereus Uruguayanus photos I've seen: And lastly, I tasted a little piece I scratched off under my fingernail. It tasted a little bit bitter. Are all cacti bitter? Edit: Yes, it is in a botanical garden. I'm pretty sure they'd let me take one of the pups from the other ones (there were a few more of these) if I paid for it, I mean they do have a garden centre attached to the premises.
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    2yr old peruvianus HB01

    Awesome, thanks for the tips man.
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    2yr old peruvianus HB01

    What's your soil mix? And do you fertilize? Because 75cm is the most growth I've ever seen!
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    A plug for the SAB shop

    If only customs didn't heat treat. :S
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    Hydroponic Argyreia

    What kind of soil did you use for your HBWRs? And what kind of pots? I have used biodegradable pots, which I think are saturating the seeds too much. Probably another dead batch for me then, hehehehe. :/
  6. They're members of Convolvulaceae, which contain ergolines and some weird things called calystegines: http://www.shaman-australis.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=10441 I'm pretty sure that starting off small (CWE of 3 seeds, then 6 seeds, then 12 seeds, etc) and looking for signs of acute toxicity is quite safe. Other members of Calystegia are used "medicinally", although it seems they don't actually do a whole lot. Whether they're active or not is a whole other ballgame. I have no idea how, or why, some plants contain chemicals which have these psychedelic effects on the human body. Are they used by the plant for some metabolism processes or information processing? Are they just randomly found in plants as minor contaminants of enzymatic reactions? Are they used as some form of defense (the old desert animal eats peyote, wanders for 10 hours, can't find the peyote again and when it does, doesn't want to consume again - theory)? Or did plants develop these during cohabitation with humans for the benefit of a symbiotic relationship? As far as it's known, there are no hallucinogenic plants in the NZ forest - apart from psilocybes and weraroas (mushrooms, which conceivably came from the wind), and possibly Macropiper Excelsum in large doses (probably acutely toxic at that level though). Finding hallucinogenic plants in areas where there has been no long-standing human habitation could help to point towards some kind of answer - suggesting that humans play no part in the development of most hallucinogenic plants (exceptions such as S. Divinorum stand out though).
  7. Hey bit, I'm in Auckland too. I'd be interested in some seedlings if you'd be willing to sell a few. I don't have any decent cacti myself, as I'm just starting out. I've basically got some pachanoi and perhaps a pachanot. Edit: I'm also trying to root what I believe to be an NZ native Calystegia species. If I can get it to seed, I'll bioassay it. Or maybe I'll return to site of collection and try to gather seeds there.
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    my new ethno garden

    Amazing, it's so beautiful! I'm so jealous as well. I've got comparatively nothing.
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