Looking good now
Through the Woodland and on the Systematic Beds, hoops of orange and yellow crown imperial bells sporting a tuft of bright green leaves are standing in joyful crowds.
Through the Woodland and on the Systematic Beds, hoops of orange and yellow crown imperial bells sporting a tuft of bright green leaves are standing in joyful crowds.
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Grindelia chiloensis

Each bud on the Grindelia chiloensis is a Cyclops milky eye, the basin filled with a sticky white latex
It seems impossible that this extraordinary flower does not have a matching mythology. Each bud on the sprawling plant in the Glasshouse Bays is a Cyclops milky eye, the basin filled with a sticky white latex through which, miraculously, the bright ray florets unfold into a blazing eye of brightest yellow from the typically composite capitulum as toddlers extend the fingers to practice counting on.

This gumweed from the Americas produces copious amounts of white glue, an anti-herbivory defense adaptation. And, Grindelia must be the name of one of Cinderella's ugly sisters - let's hope one day she undergoes a similar metamorphosis!
Publication Date
09/06/2014