Both of these plants are succulents, they are not cacti. A succulent plant is named a cactus if only it is prickly and spiny. Both Euphorbia obesa and Senecio globosa are spineless and smooth. The two plants are quite rare here in Melbourne as they are a bit hard to find.

Euphorbia obesa:

Euphorbia obesa - Baseball plant

Euphorbia obesa – Baseball plant

Euphorbia obesa is also known as baseball plant and it is now a protected native species of South Africa. There are male and female in which they will produce some seeds. New plants will only grow from seeds as this plant does not grow offsets. The attractive plants are beautifully marked and they are rounded when small, but will grow oval shape on maturity. The female ones are rounder than the male ones.

Euphorbia obesa - rare cacti Euphorbia obesa - small Euphorbia obesa

The big one that we have is very old, well over15 years old. It was one of the pairs that we bought long-long time ago, but one of them, the female one died. So far we have managed to buy two more but they are still small. As the plants grow very slowly and they only grow by seeds plus that they are now protected in the native habitat, it is not too surprising if they are hard to find here in Melbourne and the price is not cheap.

Euphorbia obesa is best grown by using sandy soil. Moderate watering during warm seasons (only when the media is dry) and none at all during winter time.

Senecio globosa:

Senecio globosa 3

Senecio globosa

Senecio globosa is one variation of Senecio articulatus (= hot dog or candle cactus). Many times it is also referred as Senecio articulatus v. globosa. The globosa’s jointed segments are more rounded compared to those of the articulatus species.

Not much information about this rare succulent. There are many different species of Senecio plants and mostly are native to South Africa and Madagascar. Just like any other cacti and succulents, S. globosa has to kept drier during winter months and moderate watering during warmer months. Some leaves will grow during the cooler months.

Nothing really spectacular about this dainty plant except the odd shape and the interesting leaves are quite pretty. The small globular stems seem to be stacked in a precarious way that you may be afraid they are going to fall. Ha, ha…… I read somewhere that this plant has flowers, so I cannot wait to see mine flowering.

Senecio globosa 2

Senecio globosa 1

Senecio globosa 4

Thought of the day:

Praise is good, but too much of it can make you sick……………