Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Architectural plants


I am endlessly fascinated by the architecture of plants. Here are some examples, starting with a couple of shots of a silver gray Bismarckia noblis palm.

The next is a banana leaf unfurling.
















Then we have a silver gray bromeliad, but I don't know its name.

The final one is a cycad.

8 comments:

James Missier said...

I like the cycad - look very uniformly arrayed.

Penny McCrea said...

Thanks, James. Do you grow any? There's only one native species in S. Florida, Zamia pumila, or coontie. It was used traditionally to make Florida arrowroot.

debsgarden said...

I love the artistry of these photos! Truly beautiful plants! The silver bromeliad is stunning.

Penny McCrea said...

Thanks, Deb. I couldn't do it without Picasa!

Susan said...

Great photos that show the plants architectural dimension. Plants truly are beautiful in many ways. Love that silver Bismarck.

Penny McCrea said...

Thanks, Susan. There's a nursery, Botanics, near Homestead, that grows the most silvery Bismarcks anywhere. If they weren't such big palms, I'd have one. I just don't have enough space left.

Bangchik said...

They are spectacular indeed. There is faint element of universe in plants, that everything is tied up to the centre. Fascinating images.... ~bangchik

Penny McCrea said...

Thanks, Bangchik. As William Blake wrote:
"To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower."