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Monadenium ritchiei

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 1 May 2019 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Also called Euphorbia ritchiei, this rare succulent from Kenya makes an attractive plant for warm, dry environments. It has a columnar shape with small, rounded protrusions on the stem, called tubercles, that are arranged in spirals. Leaves form during the active growing season but they drop off as the seasons change. Pink flowers, called cyathia, appear on the stem tips in late summer and fall. It spreads by underground shoots and eventually forms a large clump. The stems blush red in full sun.

Spotted at the Garfield Park Conservatory on February 2, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 200 45 mm

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Really amazing. Nice tones of green.

1 May 2019 5:07am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That could be the original resident of a strange planet marveling at strange guests.

1 May 2019 5:09am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

C'est bien vert

1 May 2019 5:10am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Superbe !!!

1 May 2019 5:59am

Ginnie from Netherlands

OMG, Steven. They look like green grubs crawling around en masse!

1 May 2019 6:07am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Very special to see

1 May 2019 7:20am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très jolie plante grasse, là encore très graphique.
Bonne journée Steven

1 May 2019 7:24am

Omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

Strange plant, I have it here in a pot as well. Nice shot of that one!

1 May 2019 8:28am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

interesting shape, thanks for sharig.

1 May 2019 9:09am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Interesting plants. Well captured and framed.

1 May 2019 9:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Like writhing pine cones. Well documented, both words and image

1 May 2019 9:38am

willy from Belgium

unbe belle publication intéressante Steven

have a nice day

1 May 2019 9:58am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Interesting. They look like elongated pine cones.
Yes, the unripe ones. ;)

1 May 2019 11:03am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Magnificent detail and color Steven.

1 May 2019 11:35am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What a fantastic looking plant!

1 May 2019 12:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

It reminds me of caterpillars. Lovely details captured here.

1 May 2019 2:11pm

Marité from France

Une plante très étrange... et originale !
Bonne journée

1 May 2019 3:16pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelles plantes et effet et rendu à la surface splendide.

1 May 2019 3:28pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


1 May 2019 3:34pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Excellent composition.

1 May 2019 6:38pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

what an extraordinary plant which you've made into an amazing image

1 May 2019 7:25pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A photo from a plant with special shapes.
Very good photo.

1 May 2019 8:00pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very interesting and beautiful plant.

1 May 2019 8:24pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

What an interesting plant! I can imagine that the flowers are really pretty.

1 May 2019 8:40pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A magnificent crasa plant!

1 May 2019 8:48pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The comment about giant green grubs made me laugh. Interesting plant.

1 May 2019 9:05pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I have to commend you for taking this. When confronted with a subject like this, I can never figure out where to place the edges of the frame. Not a spectacular success, but still an interesting shot.

1 May 2019 11:55pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

This shows off the quirkiness of this succulent nicely! Isn't Mother Nature amazing!

2 May 2019 2:50am

Remus from Portugal

With a little imagination, it could be an anemone.
Beautiful image. Well chosen point of view.

2 May 2019 4:02pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Une prise de vue originale!

3 May 2019 11:00am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great details about this plant. :)

7 May 2019 1:58am