Plants from warmer times

As an antidote to the cold, wet weather we are having at the moment, I have looked out some photographs of plants photographed in my greenhouse over the years as reminders of sunnier days to come.  Many of the images are focus-stacked in order to produce sharpness from back to front.  The first three are a sequence of flowering in a living stone plant, Lithops pseudotruncatella.  The following images are random and the last one has been given the photoshop treatment.

The captions should speak for themselves.

Living stone plant, Lithops pseudotruncatella, in bud. Cultivated (orig. S. Africa)Living stone plant, Lithops pseudotruncatella, in bud. S. Africa

Stone plant, Lithops pseudotruncata, in flower.Stone plant, Lithops pseudotruncata, in flower.

Living stone plant, Lithops pseudotruncatella, shrivelling petalsLiving stone plant, Lithops pseudotruncatella, “after the party”.

Lithops dorotheae, one of the "living stones" plants, in cultivation. It is in transitional stage, with the old leaves withering and new ones emerging. Native to South Africa. Family Aizoaceae.Lithops dorotheae, another of the “living stones” plants. It is in transitional stage, with the old leaves withering and new ones emerging. Native to South Africa. Family Aizoaceae.

Haworthia obtusa flower bud emerging from the centre of rosette. Cultivated (origin S. Africa)Haworthia obtusa flower bud emerging from the centre of rosette. S. Africa

Avonia quinaria quinaria, a small caudiform succulent from South Africa, in cultivation.Avonia quinaria quinaria, a small caudiform succulent from South Africa.

Resnova megaphylla, new shoot. South Africa. Family Hyacinthaceae.Resnova megaphylla, new shoot. South Africa. A member of the Hyacinthaceae.

Crassula mesembryanthemopsis, South Africa (in cultivation). CrassulaceaeCrassula mesembryanthemopsis, South Africa. Crassulaceae

Gasteria glomerata, flowers

Gasteria glomerata, flowers. The genus’ name, Gasteria, is derived from the shape of the flowers, which are thought to look like little stomachs.

Euphorbia capsaintemariensis, (synonym Euphorbia decaryi var. capsaintemariensis, flower, Madagascar. This species has a very restricted rdistribution in S. Madagascar. Focus-stacked image.Euphorbia capsaintemariensis, (synonym Euphorbia decaryi var. capsaintemariensis) flower. This species has a very restricted distribution in S. Madagascar.

Dorstenia foetida, flower. Focus-stacked image.

Dorstenia foetida, flower. A member of the fig family, with what must be one of the weirdest flowers in the plant kingdom.

 

Manipulated image of Sedum mocinianum, or Sedum hintonii (in error) leaves. Mexico (in cultivation)An abstract to end with: the fuzzy leaves of Sedum mocinianum, often known (incorrectly) as Sedum hintonii. From Mexico

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