Sunday, May 21, 2006

Miracle? Look no further than here

If you are looking for miracles, you often need look no further than nature. This is the newest frond to grow on my philodendron. It is truly amazing that these plants come pre-packaged from nature, only to unravel and produce such huge leaves. The furling of this plant is more significant in its complexity than that of a packed parachute.

Here you can see a mature leaf from the same plant. It is huge, with a span of about 1.5 feet or roughly half a metre. If you click on the image, you can find small white specks on this leaf, as well as on the blades from my night-blooming cereus cactus underneath. These are scars from last week's hail storm.

(Left: The same baby frond two days later. Progress toward opening can be seen on a daily basis.)



Blogger Hud Saunders said...

Ron, wow, what a blog. You shame me with your attention to detail! I will add you to my links list and humbly ask you for more in-depth articles on hail and houseplants. I'm a bit of a weather freak myself and have been enjoying the deilcious spring rains that are sweeping England right now. Can you believe, England, legendary for its grey clouds and drizzle, is under drought restrictions! So perfect then, that the day after they announce the restrictions, it starts raining, and hasn't stopped since, 5 days later!

5/22/2006 05:38:00 AM  
Blogger Paul Decelles said...


Of course from a biologist's point of view what is even more wonderful is that this complexity unfolds using a relatively simple (to a biologist that is) set of rules.

5/30/2006 10:43:00 AM  

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