Dorstenia receptacle

Hi I'm John and welcome to my home page.

I have been growing cactus and succulent plants for over twenty years man and boy. My interest started with a Mammillaria on the windowsill and now I have two greenhouses full to overflowing. The house also has plants in just about every nook and cranny. This is where my Sansevieria collection is housed now about 188 plants so far.

The picture at the top of the page is of a receptacle born on Dorstenia sp. Lavranos 10341. The flowers of Dorstenia are monoecious . Both male and female flowers are born together in the receptacle. There are no petals on the flowers, they are reduced to just the basic reproductive organs. The seed is embedded in the receptacle and is dispersed with quite some force.

My interest in reptiles notably the snakes goes back to my childhood. I now have a pair of Bull Snakes (Pituophus melanoleucus), pair of Radiated Ratsnakes (Elaphe radiata), a pair Royal (Ball) Python (Python regius, female Russian Sand Boa (Eryx miliaris miliaris), A female Sand Boa (Eryx jaculus), pair of Candoia carinata paulsoni, Lampropeltis pyromelana woodini, female Lampropeltis getula californiae (Albino), Boiga cyanea, Uromastyx acanthinurus (Yellow phase), 1 male 2 female Rankins Dragons (Pogona henrylawsonii).


If you want to use any of the pictures on these pages just ask so I can keep track. If you want them for publication then you will need my permission no problem again just ask. Others have and some of my photographs have been published all I ask here is an acknowledgement.


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At NewEarth we like to offer the best quality with price, everything has a 10 day money back guarantee. If after ten days the item is not what you expected or of the quality, simply let me know and return it. On receipt I will refund the cost of the item.

Buy the fossil of an animal long dead From Ammonites, Trilobites, to the teeth of giant sharks even the tooth of a woolly Mammoth
Or Go to Africana for Masks, wood and stone carvings
Healing Wands, or a piece of mineral or a Crystal, Paperweight, jewellery, eggs, spheres even massage wands.

Sansevieria page SANSEVIERIA
The Place to find what you want to do with the cactus hobby. The Cactus Mall
Ralph Martins Field Number Query

The Publication for Lovers of Succulent Plants Amateurs' Digest all in plain English.

Looking to Exchange,Wholesale,Retail Cactus,Succulent seeds & Literature Try Jan's pages


So you would like to help search for ET. Then join SETI and download their screensaver. Your computer then sorts through the information received by Seti while you are not using the computer. For more information and the download click on the icon above.

To join the Opuntia cactus discussion group click on the onelist button above

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other_succulents is a discussion group who talk about and ask questions on the other succulents not cactus. It is open to all with an interest in plants to join click on the button above to join.

Click on the snake to go to the snake pit (still undergoing construction) Data and care sheets.

OR go directly to some pictures of my Snakes & other reptiles

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john.gamesby@ntlworld.com