Today was a spectacular beach day and we arrived to a spectacular sight:
Aloe arborescens blooming at Jaycee Beach
A. aborescens (aka Torch Aloe) 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. The coral-red flowers hang tightly on unbranched inflorescences that rise 2 feet above the foliage in early winter
Torch Aloe is hardy to approximately 22F and requires no irrigation. Salt and drought tolerance make it a perfect succulent shrub for seaside locations
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Monday was a glorious beach day,
and the Aloe arborescens looked especially splendid:
To put these images in context, I pulled back a bit for the next shot. (Note ➡ clicking the photo gives you a bigger version.)
To learn more about A. arborescens, read my post from 11/24/13.
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This week’s photo challenge asks that we share an image of something unexpected. Well, mine is a bit of a “twofer!”
Saturday I went to Jaycee Beach and was totally surprised by a colony of Aloe aborescens that 2 weeks ago gave NO hint of an imminent bloom. Take a look at them now:
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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