Central Experimental Farm
Cactus & Succulent Display

For many years, the Ottawa and Area Cactus & Succulent Group
had a cactus & succulent display adjoining the
tropical greenhouse at the Central Experimental Farm!
During renovation of the facility, the collection was removed and to date has not been reinstalled.
Here are some photographs of the old display.


Tropical Conservatory, Central Experimental Farm - © Rob Huntley

Between the research greenhouse and the tropical conservatory,
the connecting walkway is the home of the Ottawa Cactus Club Display.

Connecting walkway - © Rob Huntley

Two troughs have been devoted to the display.
They were first planted in the spring of 2001.
Please look, but don't touch.

The annex viewed from the conservatory - © Rob Huntley
The annex viewed from the conservatory.
Doors lead to research greenhouse (no access).
Spring 2005

The west windows have the "cactus" display.

Cactus trough, spring 2001 - © Rob Huntley
Spring 2001
Cactus trough, spring 2005 - © Rob Huntley
Spring 2005

The east windows have the "other succulents" display.
Other succulents trough, spring 2001 - © Rob Huntley
Spring 2001
Other succulents trough, spring 2005 - © Rob Huntley
Spring 2005


Stapelia gigantea - © Hilda Maxwell Stapelia gigantea - © Hilda Maxwell
Stapelia gigantea hanging overhead (formerly known as Stapelia nobilis).
Stapelia photos: Hilda Maxwell


Opuntia sp. - © Rob Huntley Opuntia sp. - © Rob Huntley

Opuntia sp.

With only 1 1/2 metres between the troughs and the ceiling of the alcove, rapidly growing species had to be replaced and several merited new homes in the main conservatory.

Euphorbia sp. beside banana plant - © Rob Huntley

Hylocereus sp. - © Rob Huntley

Opuntia sp. - © Rob Huntley
Opuntia sp.
Cereus peruvianus - © Rob Huntley
Cereus peruvianus

The Cereus peruvianus pictured above right had been approaching the ceiling of the annex after 2 years and were transferred to the main tropical greenhouse. Unfortunately, a fungal infection, probably caused by the humidity and moist soil conditions, forced their removal.


A few of the other plants featured in the greenhouse display:

Opuntia microdasys - © Rob Huntley
Opuntia microdasys


Mammillaria hahnia - © Rob Huntley
Mammillaria hahnia


Agave victoriae reginae and Crassula sp. - © Rob Huntley
Agave victoriae reginae (front)
and Crassula sp.


Photos: Rob Huntley (except Stapelia gigantea photos by Hilda Maxwell)


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