Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Crucifixion Thorn, Crucifix Thorn, Anchor Plant, Colletia Paradoxa

A few years ago whilst holidaying in Ireland I came across a most unusual plant. It had juicy leaves like a succulent. It was furnished with spines like a cactus. It was shaped in some places like thick vicious thorns in other areas it appeared to resemble a ship’s anchor. It was both soft and yet firm to the touch almost like a thick animal skin.

I later learnt that there are several types within the family or genus of Collectia. They all originate from South America and each variety has small white flowers when in bloom.

 

Crucifix Plan t- Crucifixion Plant - Anchor Plant

Crucifix Plan t- Crucifixion Plant - Anchor Plant - close

Crucifix Plan t- Crucifixion Plant - Anchor Plant - body of the shrub

Crucifix Plan t- Crucifixion Plant - Anchor Plant - body of the shrub close-up

The beautiful Crucifix Plant also known as the Crucifixion Plant or the Anchor Plant, which originates from South America and is part of the genus Collectia – they produce tiny white bell shaped flowers. This plant helps to enrich nitrogen in the soil where it grows.

3 comments:

Sharkbytes said...

OK, I want one.

Cascia Talbert said...

That is a beautiful and unusual plant.

Polly Dot said...

Ever since I have seen one of these plants, I have wondered whether they would grow in my garden. Ireland, on the whole has a fair bit of rain but it is a plant that looks quite at home in amongst all of those showers!