Colletia paradoxa

Alexis wrote today’s entry:

Monceau@Flickr took this photo of Colletia paradoxa at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, France. Thank you, Monceau!

A genus within Rhamnaceae, Colletia consists of about 17 thorny shrub species that are all native to South America. They are cultivated for ornamental use.

Colletia paradoxa, commonly known as anchor plant, naturally occurs in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Though quite slow growing, the plant is able to reach a total height of 1.8m (6ft) (ref: The Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs (2001)). Its yellow-white flowers are said to smell like almonds and bloom in September to October. In place of leaves, Colletia paradoxa has triangular flattened stems called cladodes, which both perform photosynthesis and possess spines to discourage herbivory.

Colletia paradoxa

4 responses to “Colletia paradoxa”

  1. James Singer

    Looks to me like it has something in common with the cycad encephalartos horridus

  2. Irma in Sweden

    Looks a likely candidate for living barbed wire!

  3. Michael F

    Often cultivated under the synonym Colletia cruciata

  4. Lynne

    Looks like a flock of pterodactyls!

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