Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Question for the Hive Mind: NOID Succulent? Cactus?

This was at the ex-job last week. It seemed very familiar: I'm almost positive I've run into pictures of it on-line before, probably repeatedly, but I couldn't place it. Anybody know?

Scale: I think the pot is 2 in / 5 cm along the diagonal, but don't hold me to that. Small, in any case.

I kinda wanted to buy it, but I didn't want to buy if it wasn't a sure thing. I have lots of cacti (and a few Euphorbias) which have become etiolated from trying to live in a west exposure, and they're depressing to look at. Was not buying a good call, or should I go back for it?


7 comments:

Zoo Horticulture said...

Looks like a pine cone cactus (Tephrocactus sp.)

Tom said...

It's an opuntia (or former opuntia), I can't remember the exact one. I've never never never had any luck with this particular plant so I'd say stay away. I think they're one that needs just about no water in the winter because I always rot them off.

Peter said...

Tephrocactus articulatus, formerly an opuntia because it has glochids.

mr_subjunctive said...

Thank goodness I didn't buy it, then. Hate glochids.

Sentient Meat said...

Yeah it is one of those cacti that looks safer than it is. It's definitely in the Opuntioideae. I really like Tephrocactus except for the glochids; that said, these glochids aren't as bad as some.

danger garden said...

You totally should have bought it...very cool pine cone look alike! And I've yet to get any glochids in my fingers from mine.

Andrew Ablenas said...

Ew... gochids, you made the right choice in not buying it.