spiky Lilly


spiky cactus


    1. Yes, there were four or five of them floating on the water in one of the glasshouses at the Botanic Garden. I wonder exactly why they have spikes on the undersides, and in pathways rather than all over? I imagined a creature of some kind that wants to climb aboard, and is prevented by the spikes.

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        1. I just. Read that the Giant Water Lily adapts to the environment by growing thorns on the bottom of the leaves to protect itself from fish that might want to eat it, and that the flowers turn from white to pinky-purple when the flower is pollinated. Who knew? I thought the colours were just varieties on a theme.

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