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  1. poisonshroom

    Voacanga seed germination

    I had a seed pod germinate accidentally. I collected it from a local botanic garden off the ground and forgot it was in my backpack for a while then just threw it into a pot and covered it with potting mix and forgot about it until a few months later seedlings appeared (it took me a few months to realize what they were). I think just like iboga, fresh seed still in the pod with the pulp is beneficial, but they take a long time to come up.
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    Gumbi Gumbi Diaries

    Wow, I miss him - I don't check in here much these days, but this was the first thread I opened and it reminded me of him. Off topic, but I recently inherited a couple of what I think are Dracena draco a friend saved from his collection after he passed, so a part of him lives on. As for gumbi gumbi, Bunnings stocks them in their tuckerbox collection, but who knows if they have the medicinal properties if the speculation that the host is the important factor is true (or if they even are really hemiparasitic).
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    Interactive Metabolic Pathways Map

    I have a huge printed version of this on my wall - I got it printed for one of my biochem subjects, but I often still look at it and find interesting bits i missed. Pretty amazing how complex basic metabolism is (not to mention the all the other pathways that arent on here)
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    Winter clean up

    Update time =] I still have heaps of T. pachanoi (including a tip) and 3 pieces of the SS02XJuuls Giant (all mids) I now have 4 brugmansia hybrid cuttings that should start shooting roots next week - the are grown from a seed and all taken off the same plant (I think its a yellow aurea crossed with a pink or white sauveolens). Havnt seen it flower yet, but the surviving plants I have from the last batch of seed I planted have survived a lot of neglect, so they are tough. 3x ~25cm tip cuttings T. peruvianus 'Gnosis' 1x ~20cm T. peruvianus "Medicine garden red spine' 2x unnamed T. bridgesii (bunnings variety) ~1m of Senecereus grandiflorus $0.50/cm ~1m (maybe) pereskiopsis $0.50/cm A couple of Opuntia macrocentra (purple prickly pear) pads Thanks - respond by pm, prices for the trichos are the same as above
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    Deleting Old Trade and Giveaway Threads

    I agree with torsten - I dont see any point, all the new ones are at the top, so if you go back more than a few pages its unlikely any will still be active. Although I think people should refrain from posting "plant arrived today" type stuff in the sale thread and put that kind of thing in the member reputation section or by PM
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    Hylocereus/epi palm grafts (tasted my 1st dragon fruit)

    Mine rarely produce fruit here (id say its not a self-fertile variety), but there is one fruit on it at the moment - conveniently 10m up a gum tree -_-. The ones I get from the farmers markets are much better than the supermarket varieties, but I have had some decent ones from coles before, including a yellow skinned, white fleshed hylocereus variety. I agree with woof, that the yellow selenecereus have the nicest and strongest flavour, followed by the red fleshed hylos then the white flesh. I find the white ones to be more sour tasting than the red ones, which have more of a kiwi/melon flavour. I havnt had the chance to try many other species, but the ones I have tried have ranged from sweet but insipid to just plain flavourless (they were all small species with pea sized fruit though) Its a bit odd that cacti fruit (especially the dragon fruit and prickly pears) arent more popular in Aus, because we have such a huge amount of land thats suitable to grow them on (evidence by the huge problem they cause as weeds in many places), but admittedly most species are hard to prepare due to spiney plants and fruits and not suitable for long distance transport
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    Germinating finger limes

    I find they germinate readily just planting the washed seeds straight into some well draining seed raising mix or potting mix. The seedlings are prone to rotting, so they need to dry out a bit between watering, but they are pretty hardy (albeit slow-growing) otherwise. They also dont seem to like root disturbance when they are young.
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    Mushroom seeds

    Im having a go at the golden oysters now - pasteurizing some straw as we speak. Im not too hopeful but figure its worth a go - especially oysters, which are usually regarded as the easiest type of mushroom you can grow (apart from maybe cubes, but I wouldnt know anything about that ). Whether they work or not its an interesting idea, but I agree with what someone said above - colonized dowels would probably be a better way to sell this kind of thing, but I think they are aiming for long shelf-life rather than high success rates.
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    Winter clean up

    Hey all - now I'm on holidays I'm doing a winter clean up now that everything is dry and going quiet. So far just some cacti that are too heavy to move again or have been pre-cut and I havnt had the time or resources to do anything with, but I may add to the list as I go. So far I have: 3x 30cm pieces of SS02XJuuls Giant 1x 20cm tip of the same 5x 30cm PC pachanoi including a tip Both of these plants have been under shade cloth for the last couple of months since the cyclones that came through here earlier in the year (one was on its side the entire time because it fell over in TC Ita), so they are a bit etiolated and the SS02XJG is a bit yellow (see picture) - both will still do fine once they shoot some roots. 2x 15cm TerscheckiiXPsycho0 one is a pup off the 30cm mid piece below 1x 30cm " " mid These have been indoors for months after I cut down my big guy (see my gallery) and didnt have time to plant out, so they are very stressed and quite light in colour. The 30cm piece is still dark, but very thin and one of the 15cm pieces will have a bend at the bottom - the parent was cut down then cut into two logs which were laid on their side indoors, one sent off a pup and the other continued growing 'upwards' towards the window making a 90 turn I also have a couple of Voacanga africana seedlings ~15cm tall All cacti are $1/cm and the V. africana are $20. Prices dont include postage, but if you want multiple items they will be sent together PC pachanoi on the left SS02XJG on the right Thanks
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    Free Waddi tree seeds (Acacia peuce)

    lol I also went to Boulia to study the waddi tree. I have a few seedlings from seed collected last year. If I can find the ones I have left ill put some up here =] Very interesting tree, and the wood is incredible - sinks like a rock and the pieces in my fish tank are still leaching tannins after nearly a year and going thru the dishwasher twice! Nice colour too. Also they randomly get flushes of soft reddish coloured foliage (also a mystery as to why) and the green leaves are more flammable than dried ones, which is odd in a fire dominated ecosystem like where they come from. I could write a report on this species (oh wait- i did ).
  11. Agree with HD - interesting, but I dont know if Id risk getting them in from overseas. There is also at least one at the Botanic Ark in Mossman. Didnt get a chance to try a ripe fruit though unfortunately
  12. I find fresh seeds germinate best (they grow locally here), and by soaking you can see which ones are most likely to germinate because they tend to swell up and the seed coat starts to come off. Iv had them randomly come up from 'duds' too though - one of the duds i just pushed into a box with vegies growing in it and it came up too (much later than the others). I find once they get a set of leaves or two they are pretty difficult to kill - very drought tolerant and semi-deciduous, they also come up from suckers resprout after complete defoliation from neglect. One of my favourite natives
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    T. terscheckiiXPsycho0

    All gone =] Thanks to everyone that showed interest. If you really really want a piece you may be able to con me into parting with a small bit, but otherwise there should be pups in a couple of months, and I might put some other stuff up soon too Thanks you
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    T. terscheckiiXPsycho0

    Not sure - it came from herbalistics a few years ago
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    Impacts of plant invasions become less robust over time

    Interesting. I have heard about something like this before (probably in a lecture) - you can notice a similar thing here in some weed populations, like Lantana, which is still an invasive and widespread weed, but its negative impacts are less than predicted/less than they were. Where I live you rarely see Lantana except a few places, and further west where it is a big problem its mainly older plants, which are probably going to die soon. Chonky apples (Z. mauritiana) are the same - you mainly see mature ones (but there are still plenty of seedlings/suckers). Unfortunately, as they pointed out in the article, it may not be a good thing because either way the soil composition changes (possibly permanently) and becomes unfavourable for the weed and consequently other plant species - the weeds are successful usually because they can tolerate or thrive in the same type of soil as the natives prefer, but the native species tend to have more specific requirements (hence why they are only found in certain locations within their native range). Although I dont think it will be seriously bad in the long term as succession will still happen, with pioneer species coming up, changing the soil back to its former condition, dying and allowing longer lived species to return (provided the weeds dont take advantage of the reconditioned soil - but weeds mainly take over places after disturbance of some kind, so somewhere not controlled by fire or regular flattening by storms etc. should eventually go back to near normal (the way it was before the weeds were introduced, but there will probably still be some remaining weeds that can survive but cant take over)