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Snow covered cacti on the balcony

Snow covered cacti on the balcony | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
My window boxes filled with Echinocereus reichenbachii, Mammillaria graham, M. senilis, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, Escobaria vivipara, and E. missouriensis cactus plants are completely covered with snow. Fortunately the peyote and Acharagma plants didn't get exposed to the snow
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It's winter in Denmark and the cacti growing outdoors on my balcony are covered in snow.

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Reclaiming my winter-hardy cactus bed - day 2

Reclaiming my winter-hardy cactus bed - day 2 | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
I have been growing winter-hardy cacti in open air beds at my summerhouse in the northwestern part of Denmark for several years. Lately I have neglected the beds and now they are almost taken over by Leymus and other grasses.
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Peyote plants maimed by birds

Peyote plants maimed by birds | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it

" I'm experimenting with growing peyote and other cacti in window flower boxes on my balcony. The cactus plants have been doing great outside but a few were recently maimed by a bird (probably a blackbird or a pigeon) that just had to taste some of the peyotes"

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Tricotyledon Echinocactus polycephalus seedling

Tricotyledon Echinocactus polycephalus seedling | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
All members of the Cactus family belong to the group of
dicotyledons (or dicots). Once in a while seedlings turn out as polycotyledons (or polycots), i.e. they have more than the habitual two seed leafs.
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Growing peyote (and other cacti) on the balcony

Growing peyote (and other cacti) on the balcony | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
Notes on planting window flower boxes with peyote (Lophophora williamsii), Acharagma aguirreana, Acharagma roseana, Echinocereus reichenbachii, Mammillaria grahamii, and Mammillaria senilis; plus discussions on what soil mix to use for the cactus...
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Trypophobia - fear of holes

Trypophobia - fear of holes | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
Trypophobia is not a recognized phobia (as of yet). Look at the official list of phobias, and this is not on there. It is however a very real and natural reaction in some people. Their discomfort (e.g.
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Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

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Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians is a documentary about the Huichol people and their struggle to preserve the sacred territory of Wirikuta, home of the peyote cactus and as such the destination of their annual peyote pilgrimage...
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Peyote, Ariocarpus and Normanbokea in the depth of winter

Peyote, Ariocarpus and Normanbokea in the depth of winter | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
State of the union - a midwinter status report on my coldhouse grown peyote, Ariocarpi, and Normanbokea cactus plants. Will they survive the cold or succumb to the frost
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Snow covered cacti on the balcony

Snow covered cacti on the balcony | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
Cactus in the snow - an account of growing Escobaria and Echinocereus cacti outdoors in flower boxes in Copenhagen, Denmark. Peyote experiments to be conducted next year
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TimeScapes: Death is the Road to Awe

TimeScapes: Death is the Road to Awe | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
The movie TimeScapes features stunning slow-motion and timelapse cinematography of the landscapes, people, and wildlife of the American South West (including Saguaro cacti :-)
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TimeScapes is the debut film from award-winning cinematographer and director Tom Lowe. Lowe spent 2 years roaming the Southwest in his Toyota pickup truck shooting the film.

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Bibliography on peyote / Lophophora

Bibliography on peyote / Lophophora | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it

The following bibliography is meant to cover literature on primarily peyote/Lophophora and related Mexican/Texan cactus species, but many general works on cacti are also included. Currently the bibliography is very much a work in progress and will be expanded in the future

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Bibliography covering literature on primarily peyote/Lophophora and related Mexican/Texan cactus species, but many general works on cacti are also included. Download links are included for works that are publicly available.

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Late-flowering peyote cactus

Late-flowering peyote cactus | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
I was considering to shelter the peyote plants I grow outdoors from the coming rain when I noticed one of them is setting a flower.
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This is a very late-flowering peyote indeed (mid-September in the northern hemisphere)

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Reclaiming my winter-hardy cactus bed - day 1

Reclaiming my winter-hardy cactus bed - day 1 | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
I have been growing winter-hardy cacti in open air beds at my summerhouse in the northwestern part of Denmark for several years. Lately I have neglected the beds and now they are almost taken over by Leymus and other grasses.
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Mummified aphids - an aphid parasitoid at play

Mummified aphids - an aphid parasitoid at play | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
An aphid parasitoid is at play in a population of aphids living in plants growing on my balcony. The parasitoid controls the population brutally but effectively by laying eggs within the aphids that are eaten by the developing larvae.
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Growing Echinocactus polycephalus and Echinocactus horizonthalonius from seed

Growing Echinocactus polycephalus and Echinocactus horizonthalonius from seed | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
A description of growing Echinocactus polycephalus and Echinocactus horizonthalonius from seed. Seedling pictures of regular seedlings, seedlings in the process of damping off, and slightly etiolated seedlings.
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Sunburned San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi)

Sunburned San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi) | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it

Cacti are sunburned when suddenly exposed to excessive levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. This post shows a sunburned San Pedro cactus / Trichocereus pachanoi

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Well.... the image above shows a Ginkgo biloba :-)

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Emily W's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:01 AM

Can you get sunbured? So can Cacti!

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Roadman fights for return of seized peyote

Roadman fights for return of seized peyote | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
David Marbain, longtime roadman with the Native American Church got his peyote seized during a raid on his house. Now he fights to get his peyote returned.
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Peyote purple from extreme cold

Peyote purple from extreme cold | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
Some of my coldhouse grown peyote seedlings have turned purple - a sign of extreme growing conditions.
lophophora's insight:

The peyote in the above picture is not purple... it's dead.

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Flowering San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi)

Flowering San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi) | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
Trichocereus pachanoi, the San Pedro cactus, is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains of Ecuador and Peru between 2000-3000 m in altitude.
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San Pedro is also found in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, and is cultivated in many other parts of the world because of its high contents of mescaline. This post mainly focuses on its beautiful flowers

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Hoverfly visiting a flowering Escobaria vivipara (Alberta, Canada) cactus

Hoverfly visiting a flowering Escobaria vivipara (Alberta, Canada) cactus | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
High-speed video showing a hoverfly (Scaeva selenitica?) visiting a flowering Escobaria vivipara (Alberta, Canada) cactus. Shot using a Nikon 1 J1 camera
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Time-lapse video of a flowering Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus var. macdowellii cactus

Time-lapse video of a flowering Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus var. macdowellii cactus | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
Time-lapse video showing a flowering Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus cactus. The photos were captured using iTimeLapse Pro for the iPhone.
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Geographic distribution of peyote / Lophophora

Geographic distribution of peyote / Lophophora | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it

Lophophora williamsii (Lem. ex Salm-Dyck) J.M. Coult. (Cactaceae), commonly known as peyote, is a small, spineless, globular cactus native to the Tamaulipan Thornscrub and Chihuahuan Desert of northeastern Mexico and areas close to the Rio Grande in South Texas and Trans-Pecos Texas.

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Recently several articles have been published updating the available information on the geographic range of peyote / Lophophora. This page provides an overview.

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LOPHOPHORA - information on the peyote cactus et cetera

LOPHOPHORA - information on the peyote cactus et cetera | The Lophophora Blog | Scoop.it
This blog is intended as a forum for sharing my cacti growing ordeals. The focus is primarily on small Mexican species, e.g. Lophophora (peyote), Obregonia (artichoke cactus), Acharagma, Ariocarpus (living rock) and Strombocactus.
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Everything Lophophora. Information on the peyote cactus.

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