Thursday, March 15, 2007

Shoal Creek Succulents & Caudiciforms

Let me tell y'all a little bit about one of my fixations....Caudiciforms. It was a lot easier to be fixated on them when I lived in lovely Los Angeles; in Brooklyn, with the weather and all, it's a bit rough. I first became obsessed when I was working at a growing grounds in Sunland called "World Wide Exotics"--it was 5 acres of ground planted cactus, potted tropicals, potted sub-tropicals & about 50 kiddie pools planted out with rare water plants. It was strange being at work because it was always 90+ degrees and the nursery lay underneath some serious power lines (which was why WWE was able to lease the land). WWE had all sorts of amazing plants long before they became popular: at least 40 different kinds of Salvia, loads of Lavender, a century plant that would shoot up what looked like a giant asparagus (at least 10') when it bloomed, Pavonia, all sorts of crazy tropicals. One day I decided to save a much neglected & extremely strange-looking tree from near death--it turned out that my beautiful tree was the little known Caudiciform called a Bursura. Well, I couldn't stand to drive my tree cross country in a Beetle so I left it behind to live on happily in a Schindler house. My love of Caudiciforms remains and I still have some sweet little plants on our windowsill in Brooklyn. Caudiciforms are pretty easy to take care of and they don't look like anything you have ever seen...they grow in the most intricate and strange shapes, as you can see from the pictures. You all know the African Baobab tree, right? The one that looks upside down? That's a Caudiciform!

Here is the link for Shoal Creek Succulents they have an amazing collection of healthy and unusual plants.

I don't have this book but it looks amazing especially if are planning on getting some Caudiciforms Pachyforms: A Guide to Growing Pachycaul and Caudiciform Plants

THIS is an amazing book but it's $80 or more...the photos are's like Caudiciform porn?! HA! Caudiciform and Pachycaul Succulents: Pachycauls, Bottle-,Barrel-And Elephant-Trees and Their Kin a Collector's Miscellany



annulla said...

I have to admit, I've never heard of caudiciforms, and I thought that succulents were some type of fruit. How little I know! Great photos, and I love a post that teaches me something, too.

Blather From Brooklyn

hodge podge said...

whoa! i've never heard of them either and i like to think i know a little something about plants! that place sounds like heaven to me... do yours ever have babies? i could trade you for an african violet baby!

Nat said...

I'm with you on the caudiforms. I got my first one earlier this year and I've been hooked ever since. Living in a cold climate it's totally impractical, but hey what's a guy to do. Great post.