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« on: July 14, 2014, 04:54:47 »

The seed pods on this unidentified Dyckia seem a bit odd with the ancillary things forming. Most have 6, one per anther, but this one has 5 but one looks to be a double.

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 06:58:25 »

 Hi all - Have you been spraying it with a mixture of "heavy metals" Nick.Huh
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 18:01:15 »

Very strange and very cool.  Do you think those were stamens/anthers, or did some genes get switched on incorrectly and the plant produced 6 remote ovaries and stigmas instead of the 6 stamens/anthers?  The remnant pieces on the top of the extra seed pods look very similar to old three-lobed stigma on top of the normal seed pods.  But they also do look like old anthers.  I've seen it in a Dyckia (just like the Neo that I had do the same thing) where the filaments of the stamens were switched into petals giving it a ruffled, orange rose look.

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2014, 01:16:52 »

That's an interesting flower on that Dyckia. The petals on my oddity are very dull and tightly closed. In fact, I almost cut the inflorescence off early on.

1804, I don't think that I'm spraying my plants with heavy metals. I tend to stick to the Alkaline earth metals and a few of the cheaper Transition metals in very small amount.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 03:33:48 »

Oh, was it D. hebdingii or another one from southern Brazil?  Those do have very weird flowers.
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 08:04:45 »

Great close-up work Andy especially pic.3 with the ant.

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2014, 01:34:02 »

Here is the plant.

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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2014, 04:02:43 »

Seeds are ripe and I'm getting 9 ovaries (not sure of correct term) of seeds per flower, not the usual 3.
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