Wordless Wednesday: 12/03/2014, Aloe arborescens

Today was a spectacular beach day and we arrived to a spectacular sight:

Aloe arborescens blooming at Jaycee Beach!

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

For more on Wordless Wednesday, click the WW blog/linkup at the Jenny Evolution and the Zemanta related links below.

Until next time…

🙂 🙂 🙂

Advertisements

Wordless Wednesday: January 29, 2014

Monday was a glorious beach day,

Jaycee Beach Boardwalk Steps, Vero Beach, 1/27/14

and the Aloe arborescens looked especially splendid:

Aloe Arborescens, Jaycee Beach, 1/27/14

To put these images in context, I pulled back a bit for the next shot. (Note ➡ clicking the photo gives you a bigger version.)

20140127_110700-1

To learn more about A. arborescens, read  my post from 11/24/13.

If you’d like to participate in Wordless Wednesday, click here for details!  🙂

Until next time……

Enhanced by Zemanta

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

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:

Aloe arborescens, Jaycee Beach, 11/23/2013

Very unexpected!

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:

Aloe arborescens, pic 2, Jaycee Beach, 11/23/2013

Each inflorescence is usually unbranched, but sometimes two (or more) arise from a single rosette.

A. arborescens has a conical, compact orange raceme, 11/23/2013

As I investigated the colony further, I ran across a completely unexpected mutant raceme!

Unexpected spilt raceme of Aloe arborescens, Vero Beach, 11/23/13At 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:

Unexpected spilt raceme of Aloe arborescens, pic 2, Vero Beach, 11/23/13

I have no idea if a split raceme is rare….but it was certainly unexpected! 😯

Until next time…

🙂 😯 🙂