Welcome to my ecological garden in the tropics. Hope you find peace and tranquility here.
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!
I have no idea what could have caused it but that looks really creepy.
OOOOh that looks freaky! Looks like some monster, I wonder what caused it to do that?
A biological marvel though rather hideous! Rainforest Gardner's explanation above seems plausible.
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.
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.
That is weird - sorry i can't help with an explanation. I've never seen anything like it before.
Absolutely fascinating! Never seen anything like it! Can't wait to find out why it happened.
Wow, that looks absolutely beautiful. Looks so much like a plant on its own.
A new plant species?
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.
In the first photograph, the growth looks like a plucked chicken! :)
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:)
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
That does look like an alien. Fascinatingly bizarre. Btw, I like your last post. Thanks for the chuckle.
this is fascinatingly mysterious!
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
Hi...nice blog here.I never seen that plant before...it's very interesting and bizarre.
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