Vetches and passion flowers have modified some of their leaves and converted them into tendrils. These grope around in space until they touch the stem of another plant and swiftly coil around it. The tendrils then coil and pull the plant up towards the sunlight.
drosera capensis ‘broad leaf’
This is Eranthis hyemalis - in my garden, near Copenhagen
In Denmark and the UK, Eranthis hyemalis (or “Winter Aconite”)begins to emerge as early as January.
Eranthis are native to Southern Europe, Asia, and Japan, and naturalised throughout Europe, due to their popularity as an ornamental plant. They are a herbaceous perennial in the Ranununculaceae (Buttercup) family.
They can survive, unscathed, from complete snow cover. The plants last 2-3 months, and then proceed to die down. Eranthis grow from small tubers that multiply under the soil, or, from seed. A seeded plant takes roughly three years before it flowers.
My Christmas present, Amaryllis has budded up.
The Serpent Gourd flower(Trichosanthes cucumerina). T cucumerina is a tropical or subtropical vine The gourd is popular in Southern India and Southeast Asia. It comes in various colors, sizes and shapes, growing to as long as 6 feet, and in Asia is often seen with a rock tied to the tip to keep it growing straight. Shoots and leaves are also eaten as a vegetable. The Snake Gourd has a very strange flower that opens at night
Photo credit: © tomrapsey on Flickr
Ficus elastica. A better view of the cutting I got the other day
Ficus elastica. Una vista mejor del esqueje que recogí el otro día
The most colorful tree in the world: The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus deglupta).
The Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) or ‘MINDANAO GUM’ looks almost like it’s been spray painted, but the up to 70-m tall tree is colored this way completely naturally. Its bark can take on a yellow, green, orange and even purple shading.
If you want to spot a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree live and in all its glory, you’ll have to travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea or Philippines where the tree grows natively. However, it has been introduced worldwide as an exotic wood in South America, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China and other countries.
Image by Chad Podoski