Haiku : twisted

urn leaves twisted round
rainwater make good frog homes
perfect pink decor

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Aechmea fasciata is an interesting plant.  The leaves twist round the middle forming a hollow which collects rainwater in the wild, creating a haven for frogs and insects.  The pink you see is not the flower but leaves which last for months.  Yeah, I thought it was the flower too. It looks almost like a lotus to me.  Little purple flowers will rise out from among those pink leaves.

Originally native to Brazil, I saw this little beauty at the Tucson Botanical Garden


©2018 photograph by M. LaFreniere
aechmea fasciata at Tucson Botanical Gardens

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