This week’s photo challenge asks that we share an image of something unexpected. Well, mine is a bit of a “twofer!”
A. aborescens, native to southern Africa, is one of the most widely cultivated aloes in the world. As a prized fall-to-winter bloomer, it is found growing from mountains on high to sea level below:
Each inflorescence is usually unbranched, but sometimes two (or more) arise from a single rosette.
As I investigated the colony further, I ran across a completely unexpected mutant raceme!
At first I thought my eyes deceived me and maybe I’d missed a branched peduncle (stalk)…but no! The next photo clearly shows a single stalk:
I have no idea if a split raceme is rare….but it was certainly unexpected!
Until next time…
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