Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia amoena) is a very popular house plant due to its easy-growing nature. Have a close look at the patterns on its leaves. Leaves are yellow near their midvein and turns to dark green toward the edge. This transition is random, even within the same leaf, creating patches and spots of yellow and green along the leaf blade. Sap of this plant is poisonous and can make people incapable of talking due to swelling of tongue and throat region. Hence the common name ‘dumb cane’. But the variegated leaves make it a good ornamental plant.
Leaves are the best and often the easiest way to identify a plant. We can see two types of leaves around us; that is, Simple and Compound leaves. No…no!! No botany lesson 😊 Just for info! When the leaf blade is all in one piece, though it may be lobed, toothed etc, it is a simple leaf. Look at these two leaves that are basically simple but highly lobed. These palmately lobed leaves have the lobes spreading radially from a point, like fingers on a hand. Nature is so beautiful, isn’t it? Beyond our words!!
I was mentioning about patterns in nature earlier. Patterns in nature are visible regularities of form found in the natural world. Have you ever thought about why nature likes to arrange itself in patterns? Nothing in nature happens without a reason. All these patterns have an important reason to exist. The pattern arrangements increase efficiency- efficient utilization space available and efficient functioning. They are beautiful to watch also! Check out examples of some of these patterns the next time you go for a walk and you may be able to spot a few. Could you make out the patterns given here?
Succulents are plants with adaptations to thrive in arid conditions. They have swollen and fleshy leaves. Most of the succulents show very interesting patterns in the arrangement of leaves or spines on their fleshy stem. Many times, leaves are arranged in a rosette pattern, giving the plant a floral appearance. Aeonium, the tree houseleeks, have leaves typically arranged in rosettes around central axis at the end of stems. Sempervivum, the houseleeks, are succulent perennials forming mats composed of tufted leaves in rosettes. With its pinkish-grey succulent leaves in rosette form, Mother-of-pearl-plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense) is also called ‘Porcelain plant’. All the three plants belong to the family Crassulaceae.
Friends, you may be remembering my earlier post of the painted leaves of Caladium. If not, please check out HERE! This is another variety of the Caladium that grows in my garden. Caladiums can instantly add colour to home gardens. Their bright colours and unique patterns are simply fascinating and delightful. Some of the ornamental Caladiums generally have large heart-shaped leaves, sometimes growing to more than a foot long. These tropical plants are easy to grow in home gardens.
Ferns are shade-loving ornamental plants. Though they thrive in tropical forests, ferns have adapted to temperate weather as well.
As is visible, this fern frond is bearing fruit bodies or Sporangia on its ventral side. They produce spores.
The fern symbolizes eternal youth. To the Maori tribe of New Zealand, the fern represented new beginnings. To the Japanese, the fern symbolizes family and the hope for future generations. According to Victorians, the fern symbolized humility and sincerity.
Caladiums are known for their big, heart-shaped leaves. They display beautiful colour combinations of white, pink, red and green. These are plants that thrive in hot and humid weather of the tropics. Caladiums usually grow best in partial shade. Their beautiful foliage compensates for the lack of any colourful flowers. The species belongs to Taro (Colocasia) family and has a large variety of cultivated plants. The pictures show a tender leaf, older leaf and a leaf about to wilt in that sequence.
First, some leaf architectural terms to describe this shape 🙂 This is a simple lobed leaf. Lobed leaves are those that have distinct projections of veins from the midrib. In palmately lobed leaves major primary veins that originate at or near the base of the leaf enter the lobes. The leaf margin is continuous and leaf is not divided into leaflets. These leaves have the lobes spreading radially like fingers on a hand.
Wallpaper or wall hanging, palm leaves provide us with natural designs. These pictures give a close look on the leaf of a Table palm (Livistona rotundifolia). I am sure this will make you observe a palm frond more closely! 😊
Hi friends…starting a new theme today! Patterns and Shapes in Nature! Look carefully at the world around and we might start to notice that nature is filled with many different types of patterns and shapes. Nature is the greatest artist!! I am trying to find patterns and shapes around me and share those with you all…hope you will like this 😊
These are macro shots of the leaves of Mother-in-law’s tongue plant.