It's hard to see in the small picture, but
its texture is a little like
tastebuds on a tongue, or a reptile, which was cool enough that I bought it.
I don't know much else about this plant.
Opuntia monacantha var. variegata
As with all my succulents, I bought this opuntia because it's odd. Its pads (called
cladodes) are actually flattened stems and, obviously, are the main way opuntias
photosynthesize. But developing pads
do have tiny leaves
which would turn into spines in other species of opuntia.
"Variegata" refers to its watermelon-esque variegation.
This plant is particularly opaque on the sides, so it's developed tiny windows on top of
each shoot to let light in for photosynthesis.
It reproduces by growing a large-for-its-size flower
directly out of the
middle of one of these shoots, splitting it in the process, which is only open for a day
Euphorbia lactea var. variegata
Euphorbia is the most BS genus of plants because everything is a euphorbia. In
case the wide variety of euphorbias I have isn't convincing enough: even poinsettias are
Taxonomists would claim that the defining characteristic of euphorbias are their (extremely
allergenic) latex sap and their unique flowers, which have the minimum necessary parts for
Its small size makes it tough to see, but
it is variegated.
Also called a Sticks on Fire Plant (because, like most succulents, if you slightly underwater
them, they'll turn a bit red near their edges), this euphorbia is difficult to deal with
because its many thin spindly branches are easy to break and contain lots of particularly
irritating latex sap.
With proper care, it can easily grow into a large, poorly supported tree prone to breaking
its own branches under their own weight, and releasing toxic sap everywhere.
My favorite thing about this plant is the
tiny leaves it
occasionally grows, which are sparse and barely noticeable, much like a 13-year-old trying
to grow a beard to seem cooler. (It grows similarly
You can only see the top of Giraffe 2 because
he is so tall and strong; his caudex is on a lower shelf. The caudex can grow up to 3 feet
wide and a foot tall over many years, and actually prefers the shadier location.
(Giraffe 1 is, to my knowledge, still alive, but my ex has him, so I posted a picture of him on
the wall behind all the plants.)
(I can't name this many)
It's hard to accurately describe how weird this plant is in words. The "mother of thousands"
plant quickly matures and
grows babies directly out of its leaves (which are technically branches).
The babies, which
form their roots while still on the mother, fall off at any slight disturbance, and then
mature and start making their own babies within a few weeks.