Jungle cactus—actually this obsession isn't entirely new, I've been on a rhipsalis kick for awhile, and anything epiphytic tends to draw my attention. But our December trip to Southern California really amped up my jungle cactus lust...plants growing on plants, what could be better?
This opuntia-supported version was at The Huntington. Seeing the blooms would have been amazing I'm sure.
Also at the Huntington was this sculptural old tree with some form of jungle cactus crawling along it's trunk and branches.
ID is a tricky thing when it comes to these plants, at least for me. There are so many different types and I certainly can't tell them all apart.
This one is pretty happy, weaving up and down and around.
The folks at Rainforest Flora worked a few jungle cactus into their display...
During my visit to Dustin Gimbel's garden (photos tomorrow, finally!) I found a few more...
Doesn't this one look like it's reaching up and grabbing a hold of the top of the wall?
There was even fruit!
The thing about this crush is that I can't grow them the way they want to be grown, the way I like to see them growing—epiphyticly on trees and other plants. Our winters just don't allow it. However since I've already started collecting (see yesterday's post, and below is my haul from Portland Nursery's houseplant sale in January) I guess I'm going to have to get creative....
Weather Diary, Feb 19: Hi 55, Low 32/ Precip 0
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