Dec 05 2012

Botanical Wednesday: Dracaena

With a name like the villain in a fantasy novel, you knew it had to be twisted.

(via Ongzi’s Secret Garden)


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  1. 1
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    These are your kinda plants, PZ. Not only do they look vaguely cephalopodic in nature, but they’re also poisonous to cats!

  2. 2
    A. R

    oooooh! corkscrewy!

  3. 3
    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    Aaaah, lucky bamboo. The tourist markets of China are glutted with the stuff…

  4. 4

    I have am indoor tomato plant that does that. It’s about 8 foot long, but only 2 feet high.

  5. 5
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    When I saw the title I was betting it was going to be this one :


    actually. Awesome looking amazing trees and the logo for the Waite arboretum :


  6. 6

    Is it just my theory or are these not naturally twisted? I always assumed they were grown round somthething and rotated.

  7. 7
    hotshoe, now with more boltcutters

    You’re right, each is grown around a stake to make it twisted.

  8. 8

    It’s that rare bamboo from Chernobyl.

  9. 9

    You mean stakes get their amazing vampire-kiling powers from Dracaena? Makes sense; kill Dracula with Dracaena.

  10. 10

    When I moved to my apartment in Lisbon, the landlord left a thin vase with two of these and some water.

    Two years later when I left, only having changed the water, as far as I could tell they were alive and, I think, growing, with only one showing a spot of brownness. Probably needed a bit more root space at that point.

  11. 11
    Crudely Wrott

    Ooohh! Fast bonsai.
    Good idea.
    I got time, then.

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