35 Degrees South: Plants Got Hands!


From Lofty, an unknown plant. Looks like it might be in the iceplant family to me, but I’m no botanist. Click for full size!

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  1. says

    Yeah, that’s why I thought iceplant family, but the flowers aren’t anything like iceplant here, but it’s a big family, too.

  2. rq says

    Google isn’t helping right now, either. Or my google fu is bad today.
    It looks a bit like a succulent, the leaves are so odd and wonderful, and succulents are known for oddness. But the flower looks like something else again. I’m trying to figure out exactly how small they are. :D

  3. rq says

    I’m forced to conclude that Lofty has discovered a plant unknown to the internet, which is almost as incredible as being unknown to science. :D

  4. says

    :laughs: Well, it is Australia, land of “that’s fecking strange, d’ya think it will kill us?”

    The flowers, if they were tiny, look close to bindweed flowers, but the leaves are wrong, and bindweed is not in any way succulent. Botanical mysteries, tailored to make you a bit crazy.

  5. says

    They’re about 4 inches/10cm tall, the camera was almost on the ground. I was with a local landcare enthusiast at the time and she had no idea what they were.

  6. rq says

    If it was more shrub-like, I would say it’s something related to oleander.
    Thanks, Lofty, I’m going to be up all night with this.

  7. rq says

    A close-up. It’s South African, not Australian, which I suspected (at least, something invasive from elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, and not native). Heh.

  8. says

    Thank you, rq. South African plants tend to do well around here, it’s a very similar climate. I saw the plants in a sandy flat not far from a little used farm gate.

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