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Here's my Lophocereus schotii monstrose. :) Totem pole cactus.

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Trichocereus cuzcoensis (came as pachanoi) KK2150 if I am not mistakening - it doesn't matter anywayz. Its a cuzco probably with unusually reddish/orange spines when it's growing. The "anus plant" monster that occured from it 3 times so far is not a 'viable' anus monster.

The cactus regards the anus a terminated limb and pups - one occasion a clone went on with normal growth from an anus tip.

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And the new comers!

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T.Bridgesii Monstrose

I've had this cactus for ~10 years and who knows how old it really is.

It wasn't doing well in Albany (to cold/not enough sun?) I recently brought it up to Perth.

Since then it's has been doing a lot better, really healthy at the moment with 2 new pups!

Old picture just after i brought it up from Albany:

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Is that a Eulychnia castanea crested spiral on the left there mutant? Nice score! I have been trying to track down an affordable spiral form for a while now. Trouble is they all seem to be in Europe :(

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I think I'm addicted to Schottii monstroses....

Crested Fred & Baby Schottii monstrose

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Lophocereus Schottii Monstrose forma mieckleyanus

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Regarding the eulychnia yeah, I read all forms spirallis, monstrosa and crest occur from the same clone.

They are generally expensive, I paid 30 euros for this. I am also waiting a bigger one.

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here's an update on the (sso2 x sso1)x (sso2 x sso1) seedling. Heavily variegated still looking to be monstrose in some way. This seedling never had a singular growth point. Its a very slow grower kind of driving me crazy because the bigger it gets the more yellow its becoming.

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That's insane Stillman! How long has it been grafted? And did you get a lot of mutations from that cross?

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been grafted a few months I have the date written down but not here. There is a bit of weirdness in this cross a fair bit of variegation in this particular seed batch, still a little small to tell if there is a lot of monstrose growth. I haven't really checked on them for a while will have a look today.

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Stillman, that graft is wicked looking can't wait to see how it grows up.

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My new favorite. Crested Lophophora fricii.

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A strange LW seedling pupping already ( top right in pic ) just over 1 year old.

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One of my LW seedling which is also just over a year old is doing the exact same thing. Is yours in a closed environment or do you think an insect could have damaged the plant?

I've got mine in a baggie although I'm too keen and open it regularly to check out how the seedlings are going (probably counter-intuitive as it could introduce spores or insects from outside).

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Hey guys, that is not too strange & can happen with young seedlings when there has been some damage to the growing point even damage like a bump or damage that can not be seen by the naked eye can cause this to happen. Another possibility is your willie is showing traits of caespitosa as some of my caespitosa seedlings do this but normally after a few months. I will not ramble on with things in this great Freaky thread but I only keep my loph seedlings covered for humidity/moist for a couple of months at the most.

Cheers

Jox

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One of my LW seedling which is also just over a year old is doing the exact same thing. Is yours in a closed environment or do you think an insect could have damaged the plant?

I've got mine in a baggie although I'm too keen and open it regularly to check out how the seedlings are going (probably counter-intuitive as it could introduce spores or insects from outside).

Could have been insect damage , but I haven't observed any other plant damage, I have other lophs and trichs in the same growing area.

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I've got this little loph graft that's been through the wars, it was smashed by mites first and then scale (which is persistent as ever for some reason) and then by mealy bugs but now its coming good and starting pup like crazy and one of the pups looks like it may be cresting to me. I've haven't raised any cacti that weren't crested before I got them so I'm not really sure, thoughts?

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Here are a couple of mine that are going weird - these are hybrids from Oz so y'all are to blame for this :P

Bruce x Sausage - that whole pot is Bruce x Sausage but this one is looking unusual - such a great cross - fastest growing hybrid I have encountered thus far..

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These two are non-freakish Bruce x Sausage but they are so nice I have to show them off - the one on the left is my fastest grower and has serious attitude - to me it looks like an SS02 on steroids or something..

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This is Super Pedro x J3 - the one in the foreground is a massive and increasingly horrific looking thing - dunno what's happening up top - looks weirder in person..

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I've got this little loph graft that's been through the wars, it was smashed by mites first and then scale (which is persistent as ever for some reason) and then by mealy bugs but now its coming good and starting pup like crazy and one of the pups looks like it may be cresting to me. I've haven't raised any cacti that weren't crested before I got them so I'm not really sure, thoughts?

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Hey lhb2444 I have had a couple of grafts put out growth similar to this, it seems that intensive damage can cause monstrose growth which sticks around for a while but eventually normalises again.. In saying that though, the two grafts that I'm thinking of in particular still look very strange, but I'd say its almost definitely an environmental effect not a sign of genetic tendencies.

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Hey Ceres,

I had a feeling it may be something along those lines and this poor little guy's definitely taken some extensive damage in his short life. Will be interesting to see how he progresses over the summer never the less :)

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Hey lhb2444 I have had a couple of grafts put out growth similar to this, it seems that intensive damage can cause monstrose growth which sticks around for a while but eventually normalises again.. In saying that though, the two grafts that I'm thinking of in particular still look very strange, but I'd say its almost definitely an environmental effect not a sign of genetic tendencies.

Environment can influence gene expression. I don't think any cristate or monstrose growth could happen without some underlying genetic mechanism.

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^

I did not know that! How cool! :)

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dunno what's happening up top - looks weirder in person..

one word what's happening up top........fukushima

(& the radioactive fallout blanketing the entire west coast).

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Here is an interesting T Peruvianus hybrid, almost looks likes the peru version of TBM (penis cactus)

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My pach monstrose ( I can see a sweet face on the lower right hand side )

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Birds eye view

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Variegated pach crest

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Close up of the most crazy colouration

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Two different examples of SS01 x TPM

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A TPQC x TPM

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Another example of TPQC x TPM

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Birds eye view

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A stray mutant of nitrogenous heritage

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Unknown (sulcorebutia?) freak, currently working on two seed pods, one named GOT, one named mutant

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Nuff said.

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Awesome plants everyone keep the freakish porn coming :)

@ Hellonasty, that TPM is awesome!! Is it one of nitrogen's crosses?

Here is my TPQC x TPM . iv already got another 5 of these going on peres just from grafting tiny pups

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