Fortean Plants / Botanical Forteana (Non-Carnivorous)

rynner2

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Time for another extreme plant:

Trebah gardeners bamboozled by giant bamboo: PICTURE
10:00am Sunday 27th April 2014

A bamboo plant has amazed gardeners at Trebah Garden in Mawnan Smith after sprouting “the most enormous shoots” ever seen.

With a girth of over 20 inches already measured, the plant is growing at more than a foot every day. The “bamboo beast” is expected to reach a giddy height of over 18 metres by the end of the summer.

Head gardener, Darren Dickey, said: “Our timber bamboo, Phyllostachys edulis, has thrown up some amazing new shoots with the largest diameter measuring a whopping 150mm (six inches).
“It has been an exceptional start to the year for our bamboo collection. The mild weather has meant bigger and better growth than ever before. This variety in particular really stands out.”

President of the Bamboo Society, Ray Townsend, who visited the garden last week said they were the biggest shoots he has ever seen growing outside in the UK.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11 ... __PICTURE/

Lots of people eat bamboo shoots, but I think this one is way too big already! ;)
http://www.asian-bamboo.com/bamboo-cult ... oo-shoots/
 
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Killers, kicks and cures: Our complex relationship with plants

A compendium of the homicidal, hallucinogenic and healthy, new book Phytomedicines, Herbal Drugs, and Poisons tracks plant power from ancient times to now

I love English country gardens and churchyards full of yew trees, foxgloves, native monkshood and snowdrops. They mark the seasons, and are utterly charming.

They are also so utterly deadly that they should be better known as cell toxins, heart-stoppers and neurotoxins. The whole of the English yew (Taxus baccata), bar the plump, red flesh around its seeds, is poisonous. Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) can stop hearts dead, whereas monkshood (wolfsbane or aconite) opens the doors of sodium ion channels in cells, poisoning neurons while “opening minds”. Even the tiny snowdrop (Galanthus) can be highly toxic.

My list is only a subset of the 360 plants inside Phytomedicines, Herbal Drugs, and Poisons, a compendium of the homicidal, hallucinogenic and healthy. Few books can have scarier disclaimers. The inside page warns that some plants can cause “death, serious intoxication, severe allergies and other harmful effects”, and that nothing in the book should be interpreted as “a recommendation to experiment”.The authors and publishers also stress that they cannot “be held responsible for claims arising from the mistaken identity of plants or their inappropriate use”.

https://www.newscientist.com/articl...d-cures-our-complex-relationship-with-plants/
 

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I was in a botanical garden last weekend and noticed these two oddities:

Ecballium elaterium
, also called the squirting cucumber or exploding cucumber is a plant in the cucumber family. It gets its unusual name from the fact that, when ripe, it squirts a stream of mucilaginous liquid containing its seeds, which can be seen with the naked eye.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecballium_elaterium

Some nice footage here:

And:
S. pyracanthos is perhaps most distinguished by a profusion of strong, straight fluorescent orange thorns which occupy the stems and leaves of the plant, giving it a foreboding appearance.
http://plantlust.com/plants/solanum-pyracanthum/
 

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As this article reminds me, I was given Datura medicinally as a child!

It was an active ingredient in Potter's Asthma Remedy. A spoonful of the brown powder was placed on a saucer and ignited with a spill to start a small, spitting volcano. The fumes were quite calming and pleasing.

It may just have been habit and expectation producing a placebo effect but the little green tins were called on several times a year. I never progressed to the cigarettes - advertised on the tin. Whether my feverish imagination was inflamed by this substance is hard to say . . . :oops:
 
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As this article reminds me, I was given Datura medicinally as a child!

It was an active ingredient in Potter's Asthma Remedy. A spoonful of the brown powder was placed on a saucer and ignited with a spill to start a small, spitting volcano. The fumes were quite calming and pleasing.

It may just have been habit and expectation producing a placebo effect but the little green tins were called on several times a year. I never progressed to the cigarettes - advertised on the tin. Whether my feverish imagination was inflamed by this substance is hard to say . . . :oops:
It's what gave you the lovely psychedelic purple colour you have today. :D
 

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I was in a botanical garden last weekend and noticed these two oddities:

Ecballium elaterium
, also called the squirting cucumber or exploding cucumber is a plant in the cucumber family. It gets its unusual name from the fact that, when ripe, it squirts a stream of mucilaginous liquid containing its seeds, which can be seen with the naked eye.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecballium_elaterium

Some nice footage here:

And:
S. pyracanthos is perhaps most distinguished by a profusion of strong, straight fluorescent orange thorns which occupy the stems and leaves of the plant, giving it a foreboding appearance.
http://plantlust.com/plants/solanum-pyracanthum/

G'day uair01, we have a similar plant here in australia, albeit a different species (Solanum linnaeanum). It goes by the many varied common names of; Afghan thistle, apple of Sodom, apple-of-Sodom, bitter apple, black-spined nightshade, Dead Sea apple, devil's apple, poison apple, poison bush, poison weed, Sodom's apple, Sodom-apple.

Either way it's a right bastard and extremely hard to eradicate.


http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/w...605030c0f01/media/Html/Solanum_linnaeanum.htm
 

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An old but wonderful story that I haven't seen before:

2,000-Year-Old Seed Sprouts, Sapling Is Thriving

By John Roach,
National Geographic
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 22, 2005


A sapling germinated earlier this year from a 2,000-year-old date palm seed is thriving, according to Israeli researchers who are cultivating the historic plant.

"It's 80 centimeters [3 feet] high with nine leaves, and it looks great," said Sarah Sallon, director of the Hadassah Medical Organization's Louis L. Borick Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC) in Jerusalem.

Sallon's program is dedicated to the study of complementary and alternative medicines. The center is also interested in conserving the heritage of Middle Eastern plants that have been used for thousands of years.

Continued:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/051122-old-plant-seed-food/
 
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As this article reminds me, I was given Datura medicinally as a child!

It was an active ingredient in Potter's Asthma Remedy. A spoonful of the brown powder was placed on a saucer and ignited with a spill to start a small, spitting volcano. The fumes were quite calming and pleasing.

It may just have been habit and expectation producing a placebo effect but the little green tins were called on several times a year. I never progressed to the cigarettes - advertised on the tin. Whether my feverish imagination was inflamed by this substance is hard to say . . . :oops:
...and a couple of years later, via another post about herbal asthma remedies which I'm now unable to locate...

Datura is definitely a bronchiodilator (sp?). I knew that my maternal grandmother smoked asthma fags but have had to quiz my mum for the details. As it turns out the brand was indeed Potter's (and she recognised the googled green packaging of the powder tins immediately).

Although she smoked the cigarettes at home it was a different story when on holiday as she used to take the powder instead - the reasoning being that the cigarettes produced much more 'unusually' scented smoke and they were worried that a seaside B&B landlady might mistake this for your marijuanas and chuck them out for being dope fiends (or worse still, get the police involved). Even my mum didn't really know what cannabis smelt like at the time, but they were keen to avoid holiday-ruining complications.

Her asthma must have been a real problem as she also had cylinders of oxygen/ephedrine at home; the mixture to be inhaled through a metallic face mask. This was also administered to the kids (my mum and aunt) when they had heavy colds and definitely made them feel much better (this being years before you could pay through the nose to get a shot of oxygen in a trendy bar or spa hotel!)
 
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A farmer on the west coast of Ireland thinks that brambles could be considered carnivorous plants -
I've lost count of the sheep I've cut out of brambles, can't remember any other creatures caught up in them but a dead sheep would spread nutrients about for a good area.

And Datura, I've got 7 of them,thought I'd lost my original 3 in the winter ordered 4 more, original 3 started sprouting when I got the new ones !. Fantastic plants.
 

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And Datura, I've got 7 of them,thought I'd lost my original 3 in the winter ordered 4 more, original 3 started sprouting when I got the new ones !. Fantastic plants.
Do you make use of their psycho-active effects or do you just like their appearance?
 

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I've lost count of the sheep I've cut out of brambles, can't remember any other creatures caught up in them but a dead sheep would spread nutrients about for a good area.

And Datura, I've got 7 of them,thought I'd lost my original 3 in the winter ordered 4 more, original 3 started sprouting when I got the new ones !. Fantastic plants.

Once had a ram hooked up in pig wire while shifting a few woolies in a bush fire - They're silly bloody things Bullseye. Dorpers aren't bad - they have a few brains about them but merino crosses - ye gods and little fishes.

Where are you Bullseye - NZ?
 

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them but merino crosses - ye gods and little fishes.

Where are you Bullseye - NZ?
No, East Sussex, England.(Though my parents emigrated to NZ when I was about 5 years old,I absolutely loved it,lived down an old dirt track on the very outskirts of Auckland, my father could'nt get up to his old dodges and scams over there so we came back after a year,I really did'nt want to come back.) Lots of the woolly buggers around here on the South Downs ,soft high hills,got their own breed of sheep called the er, South Down,famous for dying if they get on their backs, and nearby on Romney Marsh another breed called the ,er, yeah you guessed it, Romney,which I believe was crossed with a Spanish breed to get the Marino,so that explains a lot about them!.
 

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With reference to Datura sp. It's one of those plants that the smell of (cut foliage, flowers) just makes me want to heave. Others delight in it. Similar to Elder trees, which smell of wet dog. Plants are as wondrous as animals, but they just do it a lot more slowly...

Mimosa pudica is a favourite of mine, if you lightly brush the leaflets, they'll immediately close up and the leaf stem will droop. They'll re-open within the hour, when there's been no more touches detected and the plant 'knows' it will be safe.

 

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