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My visit to Arid Lands 5-20-06

    I visited Arid Lands today. My first time since Kristy passed on (God bless her, we miss her). Bob and Toni, a couple fellow Tucsonans, have taken over the legacy.
    Little has changed. Arid Lands is still a fine source of exotic succulent plants. They are not real strong on cacti, but I came away with a couple new Copiapoas, a gorgeous Astrophytum and an Ariocarpus. I also took some pics of some beautiful Melocactus, one of my favorite Cacti genera.
    Where they are strong is in the other succulents. Adenium, Euphorbia, Aloe, Haworthia, Gasteria, Dorstenia, you name it they got it! The large variety of Euphorbias was incredible!
    The staff was helpfull and friendly and graciously consented to let me take all the pictures I wanted to. Unfortunately, it was a very sunny day and the light and shadow contrasts made some pictures unusable. I think maybe I need to visit greenhouses on cloudy days to have more even lighting.


Pictures in the Greenhouse

    Here's the best shots. My only regret is that I didn't take more closeups of the Bombax ellipticum caudex. It was really neat! Like emeralds embedded in wood.


Abrometelia.jpg
Abrometelia
Adenium01.jpg
Adenium
Adenium02.jpg
Adenium
Adenium03.jpg
Adenium
Adromischus.jpg
Adromischus
Aloe striata.jpg
Aloe striata
Aloe.jpg
Aloe
Aloe02.jpg
Aloe
Aloe03.jpg
Aloe
Aloe04.jpg
Aloe
Astroloba foliosa.jpg
Astroloba foliosa
Bombax01.jpg
Bombax ellipticum
Bombax02.jpg
Bombax ellipticum
Bombax03.jpg
Bombax ellipticum
Dorstenia.jpg
Dorstenia
Dorstenia02.jpg
Dorstenia
Euphorbia horrida 'Snowflake'.jpg
Euphorbia horrida 'Snowflake'
Euphorbia horrida.jpg
Euphorbia horrida
Euphorbia obesa.jpg
Euphorbia obesa
Euphorbia suzanne.jpg
Euphorbia suzanne
Euphorbia.jpg
Euphorbia
Euphorbia02.jpg
Euphorbia
Euphorbia03.jpg
Euphorbia
Euphorbia04.jpg
Euphorbia
Euphorbia05.jpg
Euphorbia
Euphorbias.jpg
Euphorbias
Gasteria armstrongii.jpg
Gasteria armstrongii
Gasteria.jpg
Gasteria
Gasteria02.jpg
Gasteria
Haworthia truncata cv 'Lime Green'.jpg
Haworthia truncata cv 'Lime Green'
Haworthia.jpg
Haworthia
Melocactus01.jpg
Melocactus
Melocactus02.jpg
Melocactus
Pachypodium namaquanum.jpg
Pachypodium namaquanum
Pachypodium.jpg
Pachypodium ?

My Acquisitions

    I also brought home some nice plants. I especially love the orange Astrophytum asterias. I hope I can give it enough light to maintain that color.


Adromischus herrei.jpg
Adromischus herrei
Aloe divaricata.jpg
Aloe divaricata
Aloinopsis villetii.jpg
Aloinopsis villetii
Ariocarpus agavoides.jpg
Ariocarpus agavoides
Astrophytum asterias.jpg
Astrophytum asterias
Astrophytum asterias02.jpg
Astrophytum asterias
Copiapoa dura.jpg
Copiapoa dura
Copiapoa esmereldana.jpg
Copiapoa esmereldana
Edithcolea grandis01.jpg
Edithcolea grandis
Euphorbia meloformis01.jpg
Euphorbia meloformis
Euphorbia obesa x meloformis.jpg
Euphorbia obesa x meloformis?
Euphorbia viguieri01.jpg
Euphorbia viguieri01
Euphorbia viguieri02.jpg
Euphorbia viguieri
Euphorbia viguieri03.jpg
Euphorbia viguieri
Gasteria ellaphieae.jpg
Gasteria ellaphieae
Haworthia emelyae picta.jpg
Haworthia emelyae picta
Haworthia mirabilis.jpg
Haworthia mirabilis
Haworthia truncata cv 'Lime Green'02.jpg
Haworthia truncata cv 'Lime Green'
Mammillaria bocasana cv 'Fred'.jpg
Mammillaria bocasana cv 'Fred'
Mammillaria bocasana cv 'Fred'02.jpg
Mammillaria bocasana cv 'Fred'
Pachypodium namaquanum01.jpg
Pachypodium namaquanum
All images and text are copyright 2006 D.S. Franges, unless otherwise noted.