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  1. tripsis

    Post your track of the day

    Post whatever music track or tracks you like the most today. Give us all something worth listening to. Magyar Posse - Whirlpool of Terror and Tension http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o3LzDdA8Pg Androcell - Neurosomatic Circuit
  2. Any chance you'll have Cymbopogon ambiguus again?
  3. Photos of Ephedra species from a recent trip to Central Asia. Ephedra equisetina or E. intermedia in Kyrgyzstan. Not sure which species. Both occur in Kyrgyzstan and both have red fruit. I only got to see the fruit out of a moving vehicle. E. fedtschenkoae, Kyrgyzstan. E. gerardiana, Tajikistan. Much smaller than the ones I found in India. Found very close to the border of Afghanistan, literally just across one of the border rivers. E. regeliana, Tajikistan. Found in the same area as some of the above E. gerardiana.
  4. What did you do to your hand? Beautiful plants, they look healthy to me. Doesn't look unlikely that they will survive the fire. I've found Ephedra growing on the cliffs of Verdon Gorge, not sure of the species; perhaps E. fragilis? Found another species, a scrambler, in Geyikbayırı in Turkey. Like so much of Europe, both were rocky limestone areas. All the species I've found in Central Asia, northern India, Nepal, and Morocco have preferred rocky locations. Same goes for the US.
  5. An reply which fails to answer the question. Traditional doesn't mean safe. Cytotoxic is cytotoxic, whichever way you splice it. And there's plenty of money to be followed along the path of TCM, and in fact, such revered brews like ayahuasca.
  6. The "significant history of consumption" aside, is there really good evidence of these mushrooms having a real medicinal benefit? Showing anti-tumour and anti-cancer properties in a petri dish only really tells us the compounds in question are cytotoxic; this doesn't necessarily translate to tangible medical benefits if consumed. There are plenty of completely bunk traditional "medicines" that have existed for lengthy periods of time which lack any efficacy or scientific basis whatsoever. Homeopathy and acupuncture spring to mind, as does rhino horns, donkey skins, and tiger penises.
  7. tripsis

    Trichocereus tacaquirensis

    Fair point about the slow growth, probably at least part of the reason why it's not more common.
  8. I've been after this species for years now, I know it's out there somewhere? Does anyone have a cutting they could spare? I'd give my right arm for a piece! Something much like the below: https://cactilicious.com.au/cactus-trichocereus-rg-rg1-glaukus-tacaquirensis02/
  9. tripsis

    Trichocereus tacaquirensis

    Thanks, Glaukus. Looks more like the taquimbalensis Micromegas posted earlier. This stout-spined tacaquirensis is an elusive plant! I'm quite surprised it's not a more popular / sort after species.
  10. tripsis

    Trichocereus tacaquirensis

    That makes sense. Beautiful plant, but really after the stout-spined tacaquirensis. What's the ABG werd look like? Never seen any photos of it.
  11. tripsis

    Trichocereus tacaquirensis

    Sorry Micromegas, only just seen your message. What are those photos of? The first one looks similar to what I'm after, but perhaps not with the stout spines (which I feel would be closer to chiloensis). The second one - is that the same plant? Looks almost like a skinny pasacana.
  12. tripsis

    Trichocereus tacaquirensis

    Hey @Humboldt, that would be awesome. Looks vwry much like what I'm after. What did you receive / grow that?
  13. And Colchicum autumnale, the autumn crocus. Photographed in Rodellar, Spain. I love how these beautiful, fragile flowers have come out of the bare, hardened earth.
  14. Can't help myself, a couple of others. Couroupita guianensis, the cannonball tree. Photo taken in a botanic gardens in Sri Lanka.
  15. I feel like I've had the good fortune of coming across some pretty remarkable flowers around the world, so I'll go with something interesting, rather than generically beautiful. I was going to dig up a photo of a cool Amorphophallus I found in Thailand years ago (I'm guessing A. paeoniifolius), but this one will do. These are flowers of Monotropa hypopitys, an epiparasitic plant which does not contain chlorophyll, instead deriving its nutrients from fungi which in turn derive their nutrients from living plants. Because it does not photosynthesise, it has no need for any above-ground structure other than flowers, so all we ever get to see of the plant are these flowers. While this species is currently still in the genus Monotropa, recent genetic evidence suggests it should be moved into its own genus Hypopitys. This photo was taken in the Dolomites in Italy in 2019.
  16. tripsis

    Post your track of the day

    One of my favourite pieces of music.
  17. tripsis

    Whole cactus collection must go

    Ah, thank you! Really appreciate it. I'll PM you.
  18. tripsis

    Whole cactus collection must go

    Missed out, but congrats on the sale. Been there before and I know how much easier it is to just part ways with everything in a single go.
  19. tripsis

    Whole cactus collection must go

    Thanks mate. Whats the crest you've got a photo of? Is there a photo of the werdermannianus in those photos you've taken?
  20. tripsis

    Whole cactus collection must go

    If you decide to split, I'd love to take the SASS - South Australia Short Spined and ABG werdermannianus! Maybe the Trichocereus terscheckii "Snake" too? And no doubts others...
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    Competition post a picture of your pet

    Our beautiful rescue, Yindi: - attempting to herd the world's slowest sheep
  22. tripsis

    Cymbopogon ambiguus & C. bombycinus

    Oh yeah? Worth keeping that in mind, thanks. I used to have a bunch of seed I collected off plants in the Melbourne RBG, but I long since gave them to someone else.
  23. Anyone got seeds or plants of these two species available?
  24. tripsis

    covid 19 vaccination

    Have to admit that I harbour a fair bit of ill will to anti-vaxxers and anyone who subscribes to QAnon and its derivatives...
  25. tripsis

    covid 19 vaccination

    Congratulations. However, not everyone does, so perhaps consider this before making misguided attacks on the mentality of the "herd". You are not more enlightened, nor superior, to those you judge around you. Because it's a question of public health. No one begrudges whether you choose to decline a rabies shot, because the risk of contracting it in Australia is nonexistent, if excluding the lyssavirus carried by bats. But COVID-19 is not rabies, and there is a clear risk associated with catching the disease, and that disease would clearly spread very rapidly in this country with adequate measures in place. The thing about vaccinations where the aim is herd immunity, is that what you want for yourself isn't necessarily the most important consideration. There are immune-compromised individuals out there for whom vaccination isn't an option, but in all likelihood, don't wish to contract COVID-19. The best way they can gain protection is via society achieving herd immunity. That is challenging in a society filled with scientifically illiterate individuals who consume a diet of Sky News / YouTube conspiracy theorists / Alex Jones / Reddit / other sources of bullshit, and who rank their own petty and misguided concerns as the pinnacle of all things that need to be considered.
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