The Monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), is listed as endangered under the IUCN Red list. It was first introduced into the UK in 1795 as an ornamental tree and originates from South America. Trees can grow to over 30m in height, losing lower branches at grows. The trees are dioecious meaning that female and male cones grow on separate trees!
Angraecum didieri, another one of my favorites. The flower is as big as the entire plant! Looking forward to tonight when this night fragrant beauty turns into the world's best air freshener. The only issue with angraecoid orchids is that the leaves can last a few years, so when something happens to cause them to discolor it's visible for a long time. Santa ana winds cooked some of the leaf tips last year and they're still there. Talk about slow growing. #angraecum#orchid#orchids#orchidaceae#botany#horticulture#flora#biology#plantsofinstagram#plant#garden#gardening
This group of Venus Flytraps has been with me for over fifteen years, with exception of the Red Dragon who is around four years old. Flytraps can live decades when cared for properly and are very resilient when given the proper growing conditions. These plants have cloned many times, producing dozens of individual plants! Last winter’s dormancy was particularly difficult for them, but they have been coming back stronger. Each morning I see the improvements from the day before and it’s super relaxing to just take a moment to observe them. As silly as it may sound, they often feel like companions, especially after I have spent so much time caring for them. These little guys have seen many ups and downs, and from what I can tell, they will be making this summer their bitch 💚💚💚
Snowball of the woods? It's so hot outside today, I WISH this was a snowball! I'd smash it right on my head!
These STUNNING white flowers with purple bands around the center parts belong to the plant Asclepias variegata, more commonly known as "Redring Milkweed" or "White Milkweed." A member of the Apocynaceae or Dogbane plant family, how could one not stop and stare?! 😍
Its flowers are the most interesting to me- attracting a wide variety of sizable flying insects. This is an important plant for pollinators such as long-tongued bees, wasps, skippers, butterflies, ants, and possibly even moths.
Asclepias variegata is one of the food plants for the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It is avoided by mammalian herbivores however due to the bitter white sap of the foliage which contains toxic cardiac glycosides.
This plant propagates by seed, so I fully intend on saving a few and helping to spread the love of this spectacular plant being around a little bit when the time comes.
During the late summer or fall, each seedpod splits open along one side to release seeds. The seeds have tufts of white "hair" and are distributed by the wind. Their rhizomatous root system can produce small colonies of clonal plants as well.
Definfitely a stunner to see while on a walk in the woods.
Phellinus mushroom, growing on a tree trunk in Athens!
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Phellinus is a genus of fungi in the family Hymenochaetaceae.
In Australia, Aborigines have used Phellinus fruit bodies medicinally. The smoke from burning fruit bodies was inhaled by those with sore throats. Scrapings from slightly charred fruit bodies were drunk with water to treat coughing, sore throats, "bad chests", fevers and diarrhoea. There is some uncertainty about which species of Phellinus were used.
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❈ "Rosemary for remembrance" -- Shakespeare's Ophelia ❈ .
In memory of the countless Black lives lost at the hands of police, let's take this week (white folks, especially) to be quiet, LISTEN, and LEARN about racism. Yes, it's uncomfortable. No, most of us don't mean any harm in our daily lives. But this stuff is so deeply and insidiously ingrained in American culture, it manifests in ways we don't even understand. Follow black folks, especially women. Spend money with black-owned businesses. We can do better. Check out:
. @rachel.cargle @ihartericka @thegreatunlearn @blackafinstem for some wholesome Black birders week content
And use this opportunity to learn how we can show up. My stories over at @courtneyrothtattoos will be focused on sharing resources like these this week, and I'll be announcing a fundraiser soon. If you have any other favorite accounts by black folks, post them in the comments!
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Can you ever have too many plants? 🌿 Don’t think so! What plant should I add to the collection in this cabinet?
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🌿 So lately my feed is totally taken over by pics of my Philodendron Verrucosum. I hear you thinking: again this Verrucosum? Uhm yes 🤤, I really can’t stop taking photos of the pretty velvety leaves, I mean look at them! I can’t imagine a plant with such nice foliage as this one, can you?✨ #sorrynotsorry#spammingyourfeed
I have some artist’s proofs tucked away in my studio plan chest of some of my prints where the editions are now sold... a lot of these were firm favourites of many of you & I have emails asking if they’ll be more printed - but once the edition has gone, it’s gone!..like Pilea shown here. ...If there’s any interest I’m thinking of putting these A/P’s up for sale with some mystery postcards thrown in for good measure at a slightly higher price of £40 with FREE UK postage (EU £6.50 or Worldwide £10.50 ) & seeing what happens.. 20% of the print sale will go to my local community fund that’s helping local charities/food banks affected by cov19.
These prints are exactly the same as the limited edition run but has A/P written as well as my signature. They’re 21.5cm square to fit a 20cm box frame or can be cut down to fit a standard 20cm frame which are a common size. They’re printed on a lovely quality textured archival paper.
I’ll be uploading them onto Instagram over the coming days so watch out for Green Oxalis, End of Summer, Geranium, Start of Summer & a few more..
Pilea pictured here- first person to comment they want it or DM me gets it! 🌿💚🌱
4 4591 June, 2020
Just Cypripedium macranthos.
Cypripedium macranthos is one of the parents of Cypripedium ventricosum which I posted yesterday. Somewhere close with them a second parent Cypripedium calceolus grows, but we did not find it. But it should be near, since Cipripedium ventricosum is a sterile hybrid. So, yesterday's beauty is a filial 1 hybrid.
Просто башмачок крупноцветковый.
Один из родителей вчерашнего башмачка вздутоцветкового. Где-то должен был быть и второй родитель – башмачок настоящий, но его мы не нашли. Но он просто обязан расти рядом, ведь башмачок вздутоцветковых – это стерильный гибрид. То есть вчерашний красавчик – это гибрид первого поколения, который вряд ли оставит жизнеспособные семена.