Monday, March 30, 2009

Colletia paradoxa, Anchor Plant

Colletia paradoxa
 Anchor plant
This shrub from southern Brazil and Uruguay is really for plant collectors or those with a warped sense of humour. Growing to about 2 metres, the whole plant is just one tangled mass of spines shaped like a boat anchor and zig-zaging all over the place. It is actually in flower now with tiny white flowers appearing at the base of each spine. Something so cruel looking is of course adapted to growing under harsh conditions so it is not particular as to soil or watering.

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