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#FoliageFriday: a Dieffenbachia to die for. 🌿…

#FoliageFriday: a Dieffenbachia to die for. 🌿 Cultivar ‘Reflector’. https://ift.tt/2p57G6W

In one image. https://ift.tt/2MpSdHV

In one image. https://ift.tt/2MpSdHV

Ukrainian AF. 🇺🇦 – P.S.: No need to say &ldq…

Ukrainian AF. 🇺🇦

P.S.:
No need to say “the Ukraine”, just Ukraine is fine.

P.P.S. Some Ukrainians speak Russian (I don’t), but learning that someone’s Ukrainian and then speaking Russian words at them immediately is like speaking Japanese to a Korean person, for example. 😉 Try “Pryvit” (rhymes with “this wheat”) or if you wanna say hi, instead.

This has been your Ukrainian lesson for the day. https://ift.tt/2N2MrBv

It’s not the photo that’s crooked …

It’s not the photo that’s crooked so much as it is the buildings here. 😆 Also everyone’s #houseplant game is on point. And I dream of having a sun room/balcony/attached-mini-glasshouse thing… someday. https://ift.tt/2wUGH2g

Sea patterns. https://ift.tt/2MXYz6L

Sea patterns. https://ift.tt/2MXYz6L

Ex-#PhilodendronFriday. For my friends who are…

Ex-#PhilodendronFriday. For my friends who aren’t massive plant nerds and have no idea wtf I’ve been talking about since Tuesday: this squished leaf belongs to a plant that was known as #Philodendron bipinnatifidum (aka “lacy tree philodendron”) up until May of 2018. It’s a common plant you’ve probably seen before and it’s often mistaken for #Monstera deliciosa (in fact they’re nothing alike; have a look side-by-side 😉). In May, a group of botanists published a paper confirming that this plant (and a few other ex-philos) are actually part of a totally separate genus — their DNA shows that their evolutionary lieneage split off from Philodendron.

The rest is history. If you’re really interested, link in profile 🌿 https://ift.tt/2wRJg4t

Happy #FernFriday from #AscogFernery. Check ou…

Happy #FernFriday from #AscogFernery. Check out my other post about it (~6 photos ago). It’s one of the most interesting greenhouses/gardens I’ve been to. 🖤🌿 https://ift.tt/2wRgiSh

For #ThaumatophyllumThursday, a funny story ab…

For #ThaumatophyllumThursday, a funny story about this photo:

If you read my Quanta article about #Thaumatophyllum (🔗 in profile), you already know that the #inflorescence is of utmost importance when identifying aroids. So, when I started this project (intended as a visual piece all along) I knew I’d need to get a flowering plant photographed. That turned out to be extremely tricky:

Originally, I wanted to focus on the recent split of #Homalomena into two distinct genera: itself and #Adelonema. They differ by location — the former reside in Asia and the SW Pacific, and the latter in the Neotropical (South American) region. Their genetic info also supports the split, as with Thaumatophyllum. However, Adelonemas are especially difficult to pin down (even under their old name).
1. Few images are available for reference — sometimes zero, in the case of a few rare species.
2. While possible to find Adelonemas in the wild, sending a photographer into the jungle was A. prohibitively expensive 💸 & B. likely a waste of time. There was no guarantee of finding the right plants, especially in flower, even with a local guide. (Believe me, I tried — natural habitat photography would’ve been ideal.)
3. Few botanical gardens had the specimens I needed. I waited many months to hear back about flowers from those that did have a plant.

When I heard about the reclassification of Thaumatophyllum, the project got some fuel back in its engine. Most of these former Philodendrons are not hard to find. I could finally get photos! Once again, I reached out to various gardens to see if they had specimens and if those available had inflorescences.

@kewgardens looked hopeful: they had several species. I reached out to @haarkon to see if they could go at a moment’s notice, and then played the waiting game again. Flower, damn it! It’s spring! Now summer! A bud at least? My contact at Kew must’ve grown tired of my emails. One Thursday I finally got the note: T. bipinnatifidum was blooming! The Haarkon team went out to catch the event on Saturday morning.

Little did I know my plans were to be foiled yet again. TBC in comment ⬇️ https://ift.tt/2wODws9

For #ThaumatophyllumThursday, a funny story ab…

For #ThaumatophyllumThursday, a funny story about this photo:

If you read my Quanta article about #Thaumatophyllum (🔗 in profile), you already know that the #inflorescence is of utmost importance when identifying aroids. So, when I started this project (intended as a visual piece all along) I knew I’d need to get a flowering plant photographed. That turned out to be extremely tricky:

Originally, I wanted to focus on the recent split of #Homalomena into two distinct genera: itself and #Adelonema. They differ by location — the former reside in Asia and the SW Pacific, and the latter in the Neotropical (South American) region. Their genetic info also supports the split, as with Thaumatophyllum. However, Adelonemas are especially difficult to pin down (even under their old name).
1. Few images are available for reference — sometimes zero, in the case of a few rare species.
2. While possible to find Adelonemas in the wild, sending a photographer into the jungle was A. prohibitively expensive 💸 & B. likely a waste of time. There was no guarantee of finding the right plants, especially in flower, even with a local guide. (Believe me, I tried — natural habitat photography would’ve been ideal.)
3. Few botanical gardens had the specimens I needed. I waited many months to hear back about flowers from those that did have a plant.

When I heard about the reclassification of Thaumatophyllum, the project got some fuel back in its engine. Most of these former Philodendrons are not hard to find. I could finally get photos! Once again, I reached out to various gardens to see if they had specimens and if those available had inflorescences.

@kewgardens looked hopeful: they had several species. I reached out to @haarkon to see if they could go at a moment’s notice, and then played the waiting game again. Flower, damn it! It’s spring! Now summer! A bud at least? My contact at Kew must’ve grown tired of my emails. One Thursday I finally got the note: T. bipinnatifidum was blooming! The Haarkon team went out to catch the event on Saturday morning.

Little did I know my plans were to be foiled yet again. TBC in comment ⬇️ (at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnZi9L1BjMx/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jkk392fp4n7i

I know the preferred aliteration is #Thaumatop…

I know the preferred aliteration is #ThaumatophyllumThursday, but I can’t wait any longer: I’ve been sitting on this article for over a year and it’s finally out in the world! “DNA Analysis Reveals a Genus of Plants Hiding in Plain Sight.” Link in my profile. ⬆️

Some of you may know that I’m the art director at @quantamag, for which I direct the visual look & feel, photo research & shoots, illustrations, and occasionally create visuals as well. But this is the first piece I’ve written, from the ground up.

Many thanks to a lot of people for help with this project, incl. @haarkon for much of the wonderful photography and @mickmitty for mentioning the pivotal paper about the official recognition of #Thaumatophyllum, which really got me going on this project again. (I had begun with #Adelonema/#Homalomena, which were also recently re-classified, but that was complicated for various reasons.)

Hope you enjoy, and maybe learn a thing or two, also. 🌿 (at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnUAYrBBwfv/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1mehc0tgy7k7l