Thursday, 2 July 2009

Close to the top


In an April posting, I profiled one of more intriguing plants in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Macdougall’s Giant Century Plant (Furcraea macdougallii). It was coming into flower for the first time in our garden.

Now in full flower, Senior Horticulturalist Dawson Ougham cut a side branch of the inflorescence with a pole saw and took a lovely close up of the flower (above).

It's a good time for flowers in the Agavaceae family and around Sydney at the moment you'll see plenty of the giant, bendy Agave attenuata, also from Mexico but from higher up the mountains.

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