The Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea) comes from the genus Tillandsia which consists of epiphytic species of Bromelaids. It is a plant of Ecuadorian origins and can often be found growing on trees or other plants. What makes the Pink Quill so unusual is the large pink plume of which vibrant purple flowers emerge. This specific species of Tillandsia is commonly found in botanical gardens and greenhouses, for obvious reasons, it's quite unusual looking.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The capsules can be seen in the picture above. These start to form between October and November in Arizona.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Comparing the Mexican Sunflower to the Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Number of Flower Heads per plant: Multiple to 100+
Growth habit: Perennial
Size of Inflorescence: Small to Medium
Number of Flower Heads per plant: Typically only one
Growth habit: Annual
Size of Inflorescence: Large
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Opuntia macrocentra, also known as the long spined prickly pear and the purple prickly pear, is a member of the cactaceae family of plants. It is a notable specimen for it's purple color and it's elongated spines. Native to the American south-west, it is a great example of a drought tolerant plant. The purple prickly pear is sometimes used in xeriscaping and desert landscaping for it's unusual look and ability to cope with drought.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Aeridinae), meaning that it grows from a center point straight up with no branching. I find it bizarre due to the glossy texture of the flower and the claw shaped labellum. It has a very distinct shape with a vibrant array of colors; certainly a keepsake for any orchid enthusiast.