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Succulent oddities

Cactus and succulent 'weirdos'

Spiral cactus

A spiral Eulychnia castanea

Chris Coombes explores the fascination of the 'monsters, cristates, variegates and chimeras' of the succulent world.

"A monstrose plant results when a genetical glitch takes place and the blueprint is altered. The exact cause is still unknown so, despite sending a man to the moon and splitting the atom, the best scientists in the world have so far been beaten by these monsters!"