Botanical Wednesday: One, two, three…ha ha ha…four, five, six, SEVEN. Seven purple tentacles, ha ha ha!

Sorry, I was looking at this Akebia flower, and for some reason I felt a compulsion to count the number of carpels, and I did it out loud in the voice of Sesame Street's Count. It's been a long day of proofreading and I'm home all alone, and I think I'm getting punchy. I should probably just go to bed.

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Well at least you didn't remark on how phallic these pistils are, which is the usual reaction. Interesting example of monoecy though.

By The Phytophactor (not verified) on 11 Apr 2013 #permalink