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succulent: Pseudolithos migiurtinus

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Pseudolithos migiurtinus

Pseudolithos migiurtinus in bloom

Pseudolithos migiurtinus

A rare endemic from dry regions of eastern Somalia. This is one of the most unusual members of the Asclepiadaceae or milkweed family, with highly succulent stems patterned with irregular, rather warty looking, hexagonal tubercles –(podaria) giving this plant the appearance of a curious, rough stone – which is reflected in its generic name, which translates “false rock”. source

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“This is the fungus I found in valleys of Konkan region during my visits in Monsoon” – Hrishikesh Karambelkar.


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Echeveria, Tillandsia and Platycerium.

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A number of species of the genus Stenocactus are popular in cultivation. The plants are globose and remain relatively small making them very manageable in pots. Additionally, they grow easily and flower readily – often one of the first in a cactus collection to flower in the spring. In addition to their ball-shape, most species in this genus have unique fin-like ribs that are very numerous. This gives them a look reminiscent of undersea coral. Spines are usually present and prominent, but not to the point of obscuring the stem. Flowers arise at the apex and are often white with a wide, dark pink midstripe, but can be a plain creamy white. This genus is native to the Chihuahuan desert in Mexico. http://cactiguide.com/cactus


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A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The combined life form has properties that are very different from the properties of its component organisms. Wikipedia.


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