Plant of the Day: Sensitive Plant

Are you ready to read all about a brand-new Awesome Plant of Awesomeness? I hope so, because I feel like doing another round of Plant of the Day. And so it was.

At first glance, the Sensitive Plant seems nondescript, but it is actually a bit of a marvel of nature — and cute, to boot. When it feels menaced, whether by touch, heat, or shaking, its leaves fold inward and it droops surreptitiously downward. Observe:

Who: Sensitive Plant / Mimosa pudica
(Family: Pea Family / Fabaceae) Read More

Plant of the Day: Spectacle Pod

Hi, blog! I’ve neglected you, I know. I always have the most noble intentions of posting complex and beautiful things every week… but then I realize that I could spend that time luxuriously stretched out in the sun reading a book, or obsessively watching over-dramatic television shows on Netflix. ‘Tis life.

My usual blogging strategy is to pick a topic that delights and intrigues me, and which bores the pants off almost everyone else in the world, and by Jove, I intend to stick to that strategy. So, today, I’m going to tell you all about one of my (many) favorite plants. (If I get inspired, I may continue to monologue about other fascinating botanical specimens in future… or not.)

Spectacle Pod is pretty much the coolest type of mustard ever—and considering how generally awesome the Brassicaceae family is, that’s saying something (as I’m sure you’d agree). Here’s what it looks like:

Stan Shebs [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
“Don’t mind me, I’m just fabulous beyond all possible words.” (Image by Stan Shebs [GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons)
 Who: Spectacle Pod / Dithyrea californica
(Family: Mustard Family / Brassicaceae) Read More