November 5, 2013
moonfall-requiem:

Western Underground Orchid
Jack Trott had bent to investigate an odd crack that had appeared in his garden’s soil, and had noticed a sweet smell that arose from the ground. Scraping away the soil, he soon uncovered a tiny white flower, about half an inch across, growing underground. What he had found was an entirely new type of orchid. The discovery generated such excitement that a wax model was toured around the British Isles.The white leafless plant is made up of a fleshy underground storage stem (or tuber), which produces flower head consisting of around 150 tightly packed, tiny flowers. Unlike any other orchid in Australia, the Western Australian underground orchid remains completely underground for its whole life. Not being able to obtain the sun’s energy, it instead feeds on the broom honeymyrtle, a shrub. It is linked to it by a mycorrhizal fungus named Thanatephorus gardneri.
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moonfall-requiem:

Western Underground Orchid

Jack Trott had bent to investigate an odd crack that had appeared in his garden’s soil, and had noticed a sweet smell that arose from the ground. Scraping away the soil, he soon uncovered a tiny white flower, about half an inch across, growing underground. What he had found was an entirely new type of orchid. The discovery generated such excitement that a wax model was toured around the British Isles.

The white leafless plant is made up of a fleshy underground storage stem (or tuber), which produces flower head consisting of around 150 tightly packed, tiny flowers. Unlike any other orchid in Australia, the Western Australian underground orchid remains completely underground for its whole life. Not being able to obtain the sun’s energy, it instead feeds on the broom honeymyrtle, a shrub. It is linked to it by a mycorrhizal fungus named Thanatephorus gardneri.

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August 30, 2013
les-sources-du-nil:

Alexandra Opie
"Underwater Landscape No. 6"

les-sources-du-nil:

Alexandra Opie

"Underwater Landscape No. 6"

(Source: kiernangallery.blogspot.com, via talkingfawn)

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Filed under: plants 
August 24, 2013

Botanic garden in Kichijo-ji, Tokyo

Botanic garden in Kichijo-ji, Tokyo

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November 29, 2012

nybg:

So, Tremors or Dune? I suppose it depends on how much camp you can handle in your science fiction. Hydnora africana, while boasting the mien of a sandworm, is actually a smelly, parasitic little oddity that sprouts on the roots of plants in the spurge family.

As its name suggests, it’s native to southern regions of Africa, outfitting itself with the perfume of a latrine in mid-summer. But how else would it attract the dung beetles it needs to pollinate? Three cheers for the weird and weirder, Tumblr. —MN

curiousbotanicals:

Hydnora Africana. Possibly the most bizarre looking parasitic plant in the world.

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April 23, 2012
1828 illustration of the wasabi plant (Wasabia japonica) by Iwasaki Kanen

1828 illustration of the wasabi plant (Wasabia japonica) by Iwasaki Kanen

April 14, 2012
yama-bato:

Rachel Newling
http://www.rachelnewling.com.au/

yama-bato:

Rachel Newling

http://www.rachelnewling.com.au/

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Filed under: art engraving plants 
March 23, 2012
window by sakanarts on Flickr.

window by sakanarts on Flickr.

March 22, 2012
Flowering eucalyptus at Lake Merced

Flowering eucalyptus at Lake Merced

March 2, 2012
venusmilk:

Karl Blossfeldt gravure from 1928 Rare First Edition of Urformen Der Kunst.

This book is worth a look, if you ever get a chance. It’s oddly spooky.

venusmilk:

Karl Blossfeldt gravure from 1928 Rare First Edition of Urformen Der Kunst.

This book is worth a look, if you ever get a chance. It’s oddly spooky.

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Filed under: plants botany photography 
February 19, 2012
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