Monday, March 16, 2009

Cycad

Endemic to many tropical and subtropical parts of the world, cycads are pretty common in public parks and private gardens.
Though they are a minor component of the plant kingdom today, their apogee took place during the Jurassic period.

31 comments:

one buddhess said...

Wow, this is beautiful. I've never such tree.

Tanya said...

I've never seen anything like this before JM...interesting! Cool shot too!

Cezar and Léia said...

Perfeita foto!Na primeira olhada rápida eu pensei que fosse uma foto ( de cima ) de alguma alegoria do Carnaval que passou! Como se fossem plumas !Acho que hoje acordei com grande imaginação!
:-)
Linda foto, realmente perfeita!

Léia

Dina said...

What a strange plant. I enjoyed looking up cycad (new to me). Thanks for the gift of a cycad.

nobu said...

Awesome flower.

Tricia said...

It's certainly colorful!

Lois said...

I don't think I've ever seen one either. It's really pretty!

Kate said...

You have educated some of us with your photo! I, too, looked up cycad and, of course, checked multiple photos. It is indeen an unusual and prolific plant/tree.

Hilda said...

Fascinating! And quite creepy too, especially when enlarged. Yup, I can easily imagine it in a Jurassic forest!

Peter said...

The jurassic period! Wow!

Enjoyed to see Léia comment in your common language here! (I think I understood...!... and as she says: Your photo is beautiful and really perfect!)

Babzy said...

I check on the net and there is a map showing the countries where the plant grow , but they forget Portugal ;)

Olivier said...

superbe et étrange cette fleur, un vrai bouquet.
superb and strange this flower, a true bunch.

Jarart said...

Strange and beautiful.

JM said...

Babzy, cycads are not endemic to Portugal, the maps on the net show where they grow in the wild.

Jacob said...

Great photo, JM ... looks like something exploding out of the netherworld!

willow said...

This almost looks like an exotic salad! Is it lunch time yet?

Boise Diva said...

I thought it was some sort of exotic salad!

get zapped said...

Wow! This is tremendous. You don't see these in my neck of the woods. I love the explosiveness of it.

Marc said...

It looks weird, but beautiful at the same time.

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

What a fantastic shot!!! Really pops! :)

Jackie said...

Wow, that plant is really quite bonkers! Great photo.

brattcat said...

I love the way you close in on this and crop it. You really make us look at it. Well done.

Marie-Noyale said...

I was very surprised the first time i saw the inside of those trees!

Sharon said...

I enlarged this one to get a better look at the center. There is some kind of seed pod or fruit mixed in there. This is a great picture.

the donG said...

this is one of the reason why i really like a tropical country like ours. we dont experience winter though.

humanobserver said...

Great composition. Never saw such a beautiful image.

magiceye said...

wow! amazing!

Babooshka said...

It is a nother exotic world to me. The clors alone are gorgeous.

Joan Elizabeth said...

A very interesting shot. I have not got around to photographing the cycads in my garden from that angle. I might give it a go one day ... but I am struggling with trying to get a decent shot of the tree ferns first.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Aw! I didn't know this fact. Thanks :)

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Karen said...

I first saw this plant when I visited Florida and it had the lovely bloom in the center. I made the mistake of trying to smell it and it stabbed my nose. In spite of that I like the plant very much.
Unfortunately there is a disease or virus attacking this plant in Florida and most of them are dead or dying. I've lost the two I've had for years. Sad when you think of how long they have survived.