Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern in Nature

My entry for this week’s photo challenge is a series of photos of a fascinating plant in the Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden (RBG). It looks like something that you would never want to fall on top of. Although it has beautiful small bright pink/ red flowers that grow in either random clusters or in highly ordered patterns, its stem is well covered with mean-looking white spikes.

Thinking that the plant was a cactus because it was grown in the Succulent Garden of the RBG, I searched for its name at a cactus identification website. But, it was nowhere to be found. This spiky flowering plant seems to fit the description and pictures of Euphorbia milii the best. Euphorbia milii, better known as crown of thorns, is actually not a succulent plant, but a spiny shrub native to Madagascar. As crown of thorns has poisonous milky sap, no part of this plant could be ingested and gloves should always be worn when handling it (http://museum.gov.ns.ca/poison/?section=species&id=96).

The flowers of crown of thorns in a 4 x 4 pattern
The flowers of crown of thorns in a 4 x 4 pattern
Crown of thorns, pretty but spiky!
Crown of thorns, pretty but spiky!
Crown of thorns shrub
Crown of thorns shrub
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8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern in Nature

  1. Nice representation of the Weekly Photo Challenge. Thanks for the like of my post “Bowed Down and Dying” and for highlighting it on your blog as in interesting posts. I really appreciate that.

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