Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Twisting jungle of "Mother-in-law's Tongue"

Twisting jungle of "Mother-in-law's Tongue" plant
Here is another picture with a lot of repetitive patterns in it. I just saw this mini-jungle of tall, twisting leaves and shot a photo of it on the spur of the moment - it just goes to show how not all good photos are "set up".

Somewhat unkindly, the plant featured in this photo is commonly known as "Mother-in-law's Tongue", due to the fact that is is nearly impossible to get rid of! I'm not sure of it's real name, but I'll try to track it down soon. The leaves, although all very similar, also contrast in their details. The repetitive pattern on each leaf is slightly different from one to the other, defining the edges of the leaves and breaking up the visual "flow".

This photo was taken with the Kodak C330 camera.

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  1. The plant appears to be Sansevieria trifasciata (Motherinlaw's tounge) You even have one that is flowering in the picture.

  2. Thank you very much for the information. I hadn't noticed that the plant was flowering.

    Well, there you have it readers: this photo is of the Sansevieria trifasciata, otherwise known as Motherinlaw's Tongue.

    For more information on this plant, check out the Wikipedia article on Sansevieria trifasciata (Motherinlaw Tongue)


  3. yes, i believe it is the Sansevieria trifasciata but we call it the ' Snake Plant '...

    i've never seen them in such a mass as these are tho.... my grandmother loved these plants... she always had them in her house.

    great pic David.

  4. Hi Carol,

    Hmm, another name for this very interesting plant. It's great to be able to share the different names with people in other countries online!




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