Welwitshcia mirablis In Flower

 Ladies first:  the female Welwitschia is above.  The photo below is of the male Welwitschia. 
A plant that is either male or female is dioecious.  Holly and Asparagus are examples of plants that are also dioecious.  Ginko is another--most commercially sold Ginko trees are male, because the fruit of the female Ginko has a foul odor.  

Plant romance--in this case, of relative youngsters.  The two examples above from the Huntington Desert Conservatory are babes.  If you google up examples in situ from the Namibian desert,  this plant forms a pile of linguini-like foliage as tall as a man's shoulder.

Then there is plant aging.  Ferocactus schwartii starts life very spiny, and matures to a spineless, most elegant silhouette:
 I've long admired this plant, but it was only on our last visit I noticed the tag said "from seed, 1970".

One idea from the recent Succulent symposium was expressed by Tony Avent: that we see plants at this moment in time--they are continuing to evolve to new forms.  In our lifespan, we see only one single frame of an epic film.
We who love plants--isn't it lovely to know they are far more worthy of our love and admiration than we can ever imagine? 

Comments

  1. Your closing comment: you definitely got that right.

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  2. I love the Ferocactus. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we humans all became smooth and elegant as we aged 45 years?

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  3. Beautiful photos of lovely plants. I always love Huntington's exhibits. I still have a couple cacti (now about 15+ years old) from one of their plant sales.

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