Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Aberration

When my friend Anu showed me the growth on the Peacock Flower Caesalpinia pulchrrima plant, I thought it was a parasite. On closer inspection we found that it was the stem which had grown monstrously.
The growth looked like an alien green snake with hoods. Flower buds were sprouting from the stem.


The growth had curled into a bizarre spiral. There were two such growths in the plant.
I would like to know what caused the plant to have a growth like that.


20 comments:

  1. That is absolutely remarkable. I would imagine that its formed by some sort of gall wasp... there are thousands of different types of gall forming insects but I've never seen a gall with such architectural clarity and form! Please take some more photos!

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  2. I have no idea what could have caused it but that looks really creepy.

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  3. OOOOh that looks freaky! Looks like some monster, I wonder what caused it to do that?

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  4. A biological marvel though rather hideous! Rainforest Gardner's explanation above seems plausible.

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  5. I'm talking it over on facebook and maybe its a cresting mutation like the kind you see on cacti. I'll keep you posted.

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  6. You know, my firespike plant always has similarly flattened and contorted blooms too, and I don't see any pictures online with blooms just like it. I'll take a picture later and post it.

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  7. That is weird - sorry i can't help with an explanation. I've never seen anything like it before.

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  8. Absolutely fascinating! Never seen anything like it! Can't wait to find out why it happened.

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  9. Wow, that looks absolutely beautiful. Looks so much like a plant on its own.

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  10. That is truely amazing! The most extreme example of fasciation in a plant that I've ever seen. In many plants this kind of growth is induced by a bacterium called Cryptocoryne.

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  11. In the first photograph, the growth looks like a plucked chicken! :)

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  12. Rainforest Gardener, thanks for your interest. I came to know that it is a condition called fasciation , where the plant cells behave in an abnormal way due to various causes.
    College Gardener, I too thought so. Fortunately, it is not infectious.
    Helen, I believe it is the same condition that turns those celosias into cockscombs.
    Shailaja, Phil's explanation seems to be the right one.
    Missy, welcome to my blog!
    Bernie, fascinating fasciation!
    Natti, welcome. I took it for a parasitic plant too.
    Africanaussie, no, it is just mutation :)
    Phil, thanks for your explanation. I had read your post about mutation, and had made a guess.
    Lesley,like a chicken from another planet:)

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  13. Yup, Phil was right! Here's a link to a recent post about fasciation and other mutations!
    http://digitalbotanicgarden.blogspot.com/2010/09/mutants-and-monstrosities.html

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  14. That does look like an alien. Fascinatingly bizarre. Btw, I like your last post. Thanks for the chuckle.

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  15. this is fascinatingly mysterious!

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  16. Why don't you come visit and maybe study more? I have been watching flowers bloom on it as naturally as on any other branch, thanks to my enthusiastic, evergreen friend, lotusleaf. It is truly amazing. Any suggestions on how to nurture it? Should we bring it to the notice of the scientific community? - Anu

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  17. Hi...nice blog here.
    I never seen that plant before...it's very interesting and bizarre.

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