Under The Hedge

Plants, fungi, mantids, inverts, pretty pictures, interesting facts.

Duthie Park, David Welch Winter Gardens, Aberdeen.

The growing tip of a barrel cactus, showing recessed apical bud and spines. The growing tip is recessed to protect it from damage, heat and herbivores.
Maranta leuconeura, the herringbone plant, a Brasilian understory plant form the Amazon rainforest… also a a common houseplant.
Thirdly, a jasmine flower, Jasminum officianle, simple but pretty smelling.