Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A strange tree is the selloum

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I did a few sketches one time of a strange tree at the Geelong Botanical Gardens. Then I searched google to find out what it was. It was the Philodendron selloum (Split Leaf Philodendron)
Family - Araceae
Genus - Philodendron
Species - selloum 
P. selloum is a climbing plant that has long aerial roots that grow from the stem. They have dark green leaves that are deeply lobed and finger-like and branch off in all directions from the stem. They can grow as large as three meters and their leaves can grow up to 2 feet long. Under good conditions their leaves bear little white flowers that resemble Calla Lilies. The split leaf philodendron is a tropical mesic plant that originated in South Brazil.  

But my favourite tree there is the ginkho and the little green leaves in this picture are from that tree.


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