Friday, November 1, 2013

Greenhouse plant in Himalaya (Rheum nobile)

Extreme rhubarb: The plant that grows a greenhouse

THE foothills of the Himalayas are lush and verdant. But the higher you go, the shorter the plants get. Above the treeline, at around 4000 metres above sea level, conditions are extreme. It's cold and windy, the steep slopes consist mostly of shattered rocks rather than soil, and from above comes an invisible barrage of ultraviolet light. The plants here are tiny and cling closely to the mountainsides, barely peeking above the scree-clad slopes. Every now and then, though, a towering pale form looms, ghostlike, out of the mist.
When the botanist Joseph Hooker caught his first glimpse of this peculiar plant in the 1840s, he was "quite at a loss to conceive what it could be". From a base of normal green leaves rises a hollow column made of overlapping pale-yellow leaves. The columns can grow nearly 2 metres high, dwarfing the other vegetation around them.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

World's largest cashew tree (5 acres)

The world’s largest cashew tree know as Maior Cajueiro do Mundo( thousand year old)

June 12, 2013 1 Comment
The world’s largest cashew tree know as Maior Cajueiro do Mundo( thousand year old)
In 1994, Maior Cajueiro do Mondo located in Natal, Brazil.entered the Guinness Book
of Records for the world’s largest cashew tree.
This gaint tree has grown from an amalgamation of two genetic tissues Such tissues
grow the branches of the tree to outwrds rather than upward direction.
this cashew tree is located in Pirangi do Norte , Rio Grande do Norte , Brazil.
It covers an area between 7,300 sq meters and 8,400 sq meters or roughly five acres.
Having the size of 70 normally sized cashew trees.

The beauty of this tree is that it produces about 60,000 pieces of cashew fruit
each year. As for some people it may come as a surprise that a cashew nut
is not the fruit but a single nut is attached to the bottom of the fruit .
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Aristolochia platensis (the Darth Vader Flower)

The Darth Vader flower, also known as Aristolochia salvador platensis [is that A. slvador var/f/subsp platensis?]

Aristolochia gigantia (Pelican Flower)

The spectacular Aristolochia gigantia is flowering now in the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens and it's bigger and better than ever! The huge, spectacular display is not to be missed. Watch out though - it gets a bit pongy in the afternoons! Find out about visiting Kew here: spectacular (and a bit smelly) Aristolochia gigantia! (3 photos)

Other plants for the (Proposed) Cabinet of Botanical Curiosities

This list is from the post I did some time ago on Talking Plants, just to keep these ideas in the same place as the others.

Big ones
Amorphophallus titanum; Rafflesia sp.; Victoria amazonica/cruziana; largest orchid, cactus etc. flower; fungi (basidiomycetes)...
Also Aristolochia gigantia (Pelican Flower).

Little ones
WolfsiaNymphaea thermarum (alongside Victoria); smallest orchid flower; cryptogams (models of algae/desmid, fungi and bryophytes)...

Fast ones
Stylidium (Trigger plant; also stilt plants from WA); moss capsule; that Cornus that does something interesting...

Welwitschia mirabilisDracena draco (Dragon-blood Tree); Jade vine (vivid blue-green flowers); carnivorous plants, odd cacti and succulents...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hydnora africana, one weird plant

Something worth writing about, one day. Thanks Alex Chapman (via Facebook) for posting the image and caption, plus this Encyclopedia of Life link:

Jim Croft, also via Facebook, says: Hydnoraceae. Near Piperaceae and Aristolochiaceae. Who would have imagined such a thing?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jade Vine and Flame of the Forest, together

 If you are going Jade Vine, you had better do Flame of the Forest as well. The contrast of the similar flowers in vibrant jade and scarlet is fantastic if you can pull it off.
Jim Croft (Facebook, 10 January 2003).