Although it’s shot up another foot and grown quite bushy (with lots of buds! 🙂 ), I’m still no closer to naming it. The flowers hint at centaurea but the leaves are all wrong. 😎 If anything comes to mind, please let me know! (Clicking on the picture will enlarge it for a better look.)
This next delicate beauty is popping up all over the place: containers, flower beds, even the backyard grass…I’ve counted 17 so far; strange, since last winter I saw only one and not ’til the holidays were long passed.
Soldier’s Orchid (aka Zeuxine Strateumatica) originated in Southeast Asia. In 1936, the species spread through Florida via seedbags of centipede grass imported from China. Because of their spontaneous, almost weed-like appearance in open fields (or yards like mine) scientists assume this delicate species is not dependent on insect pollinators. Most likely they self fertilize/create seeds internally by an apomictic reproduction process….and somehow 3 of those seeds jumped into this Caladium pot! 🙂
Nature sure is surprising!
And with that, I leave you to the walking, smiley, present guys:
….while you’re waiting for Santa, check out other interpretations of delicate in the Zemanta links below!
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