Saturday, April 28, 2007

I Don't Know Why...

I don't know why some plants aren't more popular... take the diphylleias. This is Diphylleia sinensis, just starting to slowly unfurl its leaves, looking like Batman opening his dark cloak. It can grow three feet tall, with leaves two feet across; closely related to, and appearing similar to, a mayapple but much larger and with fuzzy leaves. Sinensis is a Chinese version of our North American native, D. cymosa (umbrella-leaf), found in the Appalachians.
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only a guy would see Batman!
Hmmmm... I WAS going to say that the pattern on the backs of the leaves look like Spiderman's webs.
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