Friday, December 6, 2013

Botany picture #124: Amperea xiphoclada

Surely one of the oddest plants we found in Tasmania, Amperea xiphoclada (Euphorbiaceae) has reduced its leaves and photosynthesizes with its flattened stems. We were very unsure what it was at first - in the above picture you can see it in full bloom, what would you have guessed it is? - but once more the aforementioned fabulous online key helped us out.

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