Sep 24 2011

A Pattern Found in Nature

Published by at 7:30 am under Beyond Bounds,Plants

Though this looks like artistic velvet flocking, it’s actually a closeup of a flower.

Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is a desert plant from East Africa named for Miss Edith Cole (1859-1940) who found it in British Somaliland during a plant collecting expedition in 1895.  It’s the only plant in its genus.

When you step back from the flocking, it looks like this:

Very beautiful.  No wonder people plant it in desert gardens.

(both photos by Frank Vincenz from Wikimedia Commons.  Click on each photo to see its original.)

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2 Responses to “A Pattern Found in Nature”

  1. Steve-oon 25 Sep 2011 at 12:03 am

    Neat, I wonder if I could grow it out here…

  2. Kate St. Johnon 25 Sep 2011 at 6:50 am

    Rumor has it that it’s very fussy about staying warm or it will rot.

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