Friday, August 28, 2015

Botany picture #212: Pachystachys spicata

At the moment I can't find the energy to write anything substantial, but I can just fill the blog with plant pictures that I have taken over the years. Here is another pretty Acanthaceae - a family that I have quite a lot of photographs of. Pachystachys spicata, originally from northern Bolivia, but in this case photographed at the Botanic Garden of Goettingen University. It is a weak-stemmed, scraggly shrub, and the flowers are obviously meant for hummingbird pollination.

Yellow-white Pachystachys lutea is more widely known and more often seen in botanic gardens, but I like the above species better.

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