Rare and specimen plants and other exceptional auction items

Here they are! Rare plants, specimen plants and other exceptional auction items! The list is not complete, more items and descriptions will be added as they are available. Please note the date at the top of the list and check back soon.

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Acanthostachys pitcairnioides—1 gallon Miniature “pineapples” form on the leaves of this spiny bromeliad
Adenium somalense—large decorative pot Fine specimen, in bloom. Donated by Jim Foster
Aeonium arboreum v. holochrysum—1 gallon Variety of this tall aeonium with subtle strip on each leaf
Aeonium lindleyi—1 gallon Reported to be the antidote to irritating Euphorbia sap
Agave attenuata—Group of 3: 3 gallon, 2 – 1 gallons Beautiful variegated form of the foxtail agave.  Donated by Irv McDaniel
Agave ‘Sawtooth’—5 gallon Variegated form. Donated by Por la Mar Nursery
Agave franzosinii—5 gallon Nice specimen of one of Lotusland’s signature plants
Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’—decorative pot Rosette grows to 4′ tall by 6′ wide with glossy green leaves with large teeth.  Donated by Dan Bifano
Agave gypsophila—group: 10 gallon, 5 gallon, 2 gallon Forms small rosette with gray wavy leaves rimmed with soft spines.
Agave lophantha—decorative pot Upright to 2-3′ tall with open rosettes of glossy green leaves.  Donated by Dan Bifano
Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’—decorative pot Small distinctively colored succulent w/pale and dark green, yellow & red leaves.  Donated by Dan Bifano
Agave macroacantha—decorative pot Clumps of rosettes 2′ tall x 5′ wide w/gray leaves & brown spines.  Donated by Dan Bifano
Agave ocahui—1 gallon ISI 1998 from Sonora, Mexico
Agave titanota—5 gallon Standard green form of this smallish agave
Aloe cheranganiensis—1 gallon Shrubby aloe from the Rift Valley
Aloe classenii—1 gallon From the Schwartz collection
Aloe confusa—2 gallon Medium-sized, clumping aloe with pendant leaves
Aloe cyrtophylla—1 gallon Shrubby aloe from Madagascar
Aloe forbesii—1 gallon Propagated from a plant originally collected by John Lavranos at Adho Dhewalu, Socotra in 1967.  Donated by Paul Mills
Aloe mubendiensis—1 gallon A choice aloe from Uganda. This plant was acquired from the Huntington whose original plant came from Harry Johnson
Aloe ngobitensis—1 gallon Shrubby aloe from Kenya
Aloe pillansii–10 gallon Poweder blue foliage on this young tree aloe.
Aloe ramosissima–15 gallon Live Auction Beautifull specimen of this branching tree aloe.
Aloe rebmanii—1 gallon Rarely available species from Madagascar. Donated by John Miller, Institute for Aloe Studies
Aloe rupestris—5 gallon Original Lotusland plant collected by Giddy
Aloe scorpioides—1 gallon A seldom seen aloe from Angola. Originally collected by John Lavranos amnd donated to Lotusland by Charles Glass and Bob Foster
Aloe tororoana—1 gallon Clumping aloe, listed as Threatened (IUCN)
Anthurium ottonis—2 gallon Uncommon, narrow leaved anthurium from Bolivia and Peru. Grown from seed collected by Bill Baker
Anthurium pendens—plaque mounted Rare “neck tie” anthurium from Panama.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Gardens
Anthurium podophyllum—5 gallon Unusual lacy/divided leaves
Anthurium pseudospectabile—3″ pot Panamanian species with bold pendant leaves almost 6 feet long.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Gardens
Anthurium watermaliense—2 gallon Handsome foliage plant native to Central and South America. Grown from seed from Loran Whitelock
Araucaria cunninghamii—5 gallon A less common araucaria with ornamental peeling bark. This plant was grown from seed collected from the stately old tree at the Music Academy of the West.
Beaucarnea ‘Gold Star’—20 gallon Live Auction Variegated pony tail palm. Cream and red-tinged edges on leaves.  Donated by San Marcos Growers
Beaucarnea cf. recurvata—40 gallon Live Auction 10 feet tall
Begonia ‘Lotusland’—5 gallon Full size plant named by Ziesenhenne for Lotusland.  Donated by Carol Terry
Begonia ‘Madame Queen’—2 gallon Plate size leaves with frilly edges
Begonia dregei—1 gallon Seed grown, endangered plant from South Africa
Begonia gehrtii—2 gallon Distinctive crumpled leaves make this Brazilian species a great landscape plant
Bursera fagaroides—bonsai, 16″ low bowl About 18 inches tall with 3 inches of peely barked trunk .  Donated by Grow Cambria
Begonia sp.—5″ pot New from Boquete, Panama. Beautiful felted, red-tinted leaves. Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden.
Brochinia reducta—8″ pot A “technically carnivourous” bromeliad from the tepuis in southern Venezuela.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden.
Brugmansia sanguinea—5 gallon Scarlet angel trumpet grows to be a small tree. Fragrant and attractive to hummingbirds.   Donated by Carol Terry
Cactus species—decorative pot Unknown species, but nicely crested. Donated by Dan Bifano
Calibanus X Beaucarnea—36 inch box Live Auction Charlie Glass found seeds on a Calibanus hookeri in the Lotusland garden. Calibanus is a dioecious plant and there were both male and female plants in the garden so he presumed that the seed was pollinated by a male flowering Calibanus but after germinating the seed and noting some unique characteristics he speculated that something else must have pollinated it and suspected the nearby Beaucarnea (a closely related plant), that had also bloomed, was the pollinator and that these seed were spontaneous intergeneric garden hybrids.
Cavendishia capitulata—4″ pot Tropical shrub in the blueberry family.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Ceropegia dichotoma—1 gallon Variegated form
Colocasia ‘Black Coral’—5 gallon Glossy black-leaved taro.  Donated by PlantHaven
Colocasia ‘Blue Hawaii’—5 gallon Taro with bright green leaves on icy blue stems.  Donated by PlantHaven
Colocasia ‘Hawaiian Punch’—5 gallon Taro with red stems and veins running across green leaves.  Donated by PlantHaven
Colocasia ‘Morning Dew’—5 gallon Taro with glossy green leaves and flamboyant chartreuse markings.  Donated by PlantHaven
Consolea monoliformis—1 gallon Cuban cactus, originally from Huntington Botanical Garden
Cupressus dupreziana—1 gallon Very rare conifer from the mountains of the central Saharan desert. Donated by Kathy Musial, Huntington Botanical Garden
Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’—5 gallon Large plant
Cussonia aff. paniculata—bonsai pot Live auction  Old and gnarled, fine specimen with handsome caudex.  Donated by Mike Tully, Terra Sol
Cyphostemma ‘Fat Bastard’ Hybrid between C. juttae and C. hardyi that forms a truly “fat” caudex.  Donated by Gregg DeChirico
Davallia subsessilifolia—5″ hanging pot Rare fern for hanging basket.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Dendrocereus nudiflorus—1 gallon Arborescent Cuban cactus, from the Dunlap collection
Didierea trollii—decorative pot Thorny specimen from the spine forest of Madagascar. Donated by Diane Dunhill
Dracaena draco—15 gallon Pair of dragon trees to start your own forest. Donated by Sea Crest Nursery
Dudleya pachyphytum—1 gallon Unusual dudleya that is endemic to Cedros Island, Baja California
Dyckia remotiflora v. montevidensis—1 gallon Small plant with very dark green leaves
Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’—6″ terra cotta pot Striking variegation on 4—6 inch rosettes.  Donated by PlantHaven
Echinopsis bridgesii—1 gallon Monstrose form
Encephalartos altensteinii X trispinosus—25 gallon Live Auction Hybrid created at Lotusland in the 1980s
Encephalartos heenanii—1 gallon Live Auction Seedling from Lotusland plant 30 months old.
Encephalartos nubimontanus var. robustus  A seedling of this rare cycad that is believed to be extinct in the wild. Donated by Duke & Kazuko’s Superb Succulents.
Euphorbia bongolavensis—1 gallon Remarkable species from Bongolava, Madagascar
Euphorbia esculenta—1 gallon Medusa type euphorbia with fragrant flowers
Euphorbia horrida group—1 gallons E. horrida green form, v. striata, v. striata fma. spiralis,
Euphorbia ingens—2 feet tall Seedling from Lotusland plants (most take on “weeping” habit)
Euphorbia ledienii ‘Cristata’—3 feet tall Old plant with many crested branches.  Donated by Matt Ritter, Cal Poly SLO
Euphorbia milii hybrid—1 gallon White flowering hybrid created by famed nurseryman Dick Wright.
Euphorbia venenifica—2″ pot Shrubby species from West Africa with distinctive leaves.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Fockea edulis—10″ decorative pot Nicely staged to show off the interestingly gnarled caudex.
Fockea edulis—18″ decorative pot Live Auction Fantastic specimen at least 20 years old in beautiful glazed pot.  Donated by David Tufenkian
Gasteria brachyphylla var. bayeri Wonderfully chubby plant. Grown from seed from Gerhard Marx. Donated by Brian Kemble
Gasteria rawlinsonii—1 gallon Cliff dwelling and pendent from a narrow range in South Africa.
Graptopetalum paraguayense ssp. bernalense—1 gallon Originally discovered by Alfred Lau on Cerro Bernal in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Only known from this locality.
Hatiora epiphylloides—3″ hanging basket Small epiphytic cactus for pot.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Hechtia carlsoniae—1 gallon Originally from Dutch Vandevoort.
Hechtia lanata—1 gallon From seed; fantastic plant
Hechtia macdougalli—1 gallon Thick reddish leaves with big spines.  Donated by Diane Dunhill
Hechtia stenopetala—1 gallon Spiny rosette of deep green leaves
Hohenbergiopsis guatemalensis—5 gallon Still uncommon in cultivation, but a great landscape bromeliad
Impatiens congolensis—1 gallon Tropical looking plant with parrot shaped flowers
Jatropha podagrica—1 gallon Yellow-flowering form
Jubaea chilensis—5 gallon Grown from Lotusland seed.
Jubaeopsis caffra—5 gallon Seedling of Lotusland plant. Uncommon.
Monstera deliciosa—15 gallon Live Auction Astounding variegations on a truly monstrous plant.  Donated by Por la Mar Nursery
Opuntia megasperma v. mesophytica—1 gallon Arborescent cactus from San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. Dunlap ex David Walkington.
Opuntia microdasys—2 gallon Monstrose form
Orthophytum ‘Copper Penny’—1 gallon Really copper colored!
Passiflora colinvauxii ‘Roger’—1 gallon Purple-and-silver leaved passion vine from the Galapagos.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Peclum pectinata—2″ pot Elegant small fern for outdoors or terrarium.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Pedilanthus macrocarpus ‘Loop the Loop’—4 inch Unusual twisting form of succulent with nearly leafless stems
Peperomia kimnachii—1 gallon An ISI introduction from Bolivia
Pereskia cf. grandiflora—1 gallon Variegated form.  Donated by Chris Mankey
Phlebodium pseudaureum—5 gallon Glaucous leaved, bold fern that spreads by rhizomes.
Phyllanthus angustifolius—6″ pot Tropical shrub from the Caribbean. Flowers form on edges of leaf-like stems.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Platycerium cf. willinkii—decorative pot Not your typical display, but a nice staghorn fern from Java.  Donated by Diane Dunhill
Pleomele hawaiiensis—1 gallon Endemic large shrub in the dracaena family from the big island of Hawaii
Pleurothallis excelsa—4″ pot Handsome leathery leaves on upright stems and earth tone flowers.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Plumeria acutifolia—decorative pot Live Auction Old plant collected by Glass and Foster.  Donated by Diane Dunhill
Plumeria sp.—2 feet tall White flower ex Huntington Botanic Garden ex Conrad Fleming. Colombia
Pseudobombax ellipticum—14″ shallow pot This is a “bonsai” form of this interesting tree with a bulbous caudex.  Donated by Grow Cambria
Puya alpestris—1 gallon Seedling of Lotusland plant. Uncommon and uncommonly beautiful when it decides to flower.
Puya dyckioides—1 gallon Seedling from Lotusland plant, uncommon species from Argentina
Rhipsalis pachyptera—1 gallon Reddish or purplish foliage
Rhodocodon sp.—3″ pot Small bulb from Madagascar that produces long spikes of urn-shaped flowers prior.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Sansefieria sp.—1 gallon Originally from the Huntington (HBG 31201 “form of S. cylindrica”), Eil Pass, Somalia
Sinningia defoliata—4″ pot One or two huge leaves emerge from the caudex after a flush of bright red flowers.  Donated by Dylan Hannon, Huntington Botanical Garden
Tephrocactus aoracanthus—1 gallon Unusual Argentinian cactus species. From the Dunlap collection
Tillandisa collection Three specimen-size plants: Tillandsia stricta, T. stricta “hardleaf” and T. cocoensis
X Calibanus—3 gallon Hybrid of Calibanus and Beaucarnea
Xanthocyparis vietnamensis—1 gallon Rare conifer from th wet mountain forests of Vietnam.  Donated by Kathy Musial, Huntington Botanical Garden
Zamia nesophila—2 gallons Male and female plants of this newly described Panamanian cycad.  Donated by Irv McDaniel
Zamia obliqua—1 gallon In habitat (Panama and Colombia) this cycad forms a tall slender trunk. Greenhouse only  Donated by Irv McDaniel
Zamia kickxii—1 gallon Dwarf cycad from Cuba. Very ornamental.  Donated by Irv McDaniel


“The Aloe Names Book”—Grace, Klopper, Figueiredo, Smith Current taxonomy and rich descriptions of names of aloes. Signed by Gideon Smith
“Superb Succulents”  by Duke Benadom A selection of award-winning show plants staged for perfection. 8 ½ x 11″ 236 pages, 700 photographs, hardbound, with dust jacket. Donated by Duke & Kazuko’s Superb Succulents.
“Echinocereus” by Duke Benadom The complete genus. 8 ½ x 11″ 500 pages, 867 photographs, hardbound, with dust jacket. Donated by Duke & Kazuko’s Superb Succulents
“Montecito and Santa Barbara”—Myrick Volumes I and II. Inscribed by the author to Hania Tallmadge (Madame Walska’s niece)