Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday Challenge - Green - March 24, 2011

Gunnera tinctoria at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

According to Wikipedia, there are forty to fifty species of this herbaceous flowering
plant, with leaves varying in size.  The stalks of the plant shown above, grown in
Chile and Argentina, are edible.

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  1. Nice photo, great shot, love the light in it!

  2. Good choice for today's posting. Keep on clicking.

  3. I never knew any parts of it were edible!

  4. Beautiful plant and nice picture...

  5. keep green, keep healthy.

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  7. I try and try to grow gunnara but it just does not like our climate. I am always amazed when I see how big they get. .....never knew it was edible ...wonder what it tastes like....

  8. What a complicated name for such a simple green plant, lol !

  9. Melody Music -
    I love the plant - first saw it at Mona Vale gardens in New Zealand, then was most surprised when I saw it at our own botanical garden in San Francisco.

    Andy -
    I just discovered this meme. I think I'll participate often. I like the variety.

    Jidhu Jose -
    Glad you liked my gunnera! Not sure if it grows where you are.

    Welshcakes Limoncello -
    I think only the stalks of the Gunnera tictora are edible - its many other varieties are not.

    sangeeta -
    You have plenty of growing space for this plant! I would think it wouldn't fit in the average garden!

    rainfield61 -
    I would think you've come across Gannera in your lush areas of Malaysia!

    capturedalive -
    It's nice to have you visit my blog. Please come again!

    Mitr Friend - Bhushavali -
    I think this plant is also native to India!

    mermaid gallery -
    The leaves of this would make a good umbrella. What I read was that only the stalks of the Gunnera tinctora are edible so don't plant the other varieties if you plan on lunch.

    Gattina -
    The flowers of this plant are quite interesting, too!

  10. I haven't seen this plant before, and the leaves are huge!

  11. Love the big leaves of this species never seen before
    Great shot, Carmen

    hugs my dear!

  12. beautiful capture.
    your header is absolutely stunning.
    loved it.

    Thursday Challenge

  13. I learned something new, about the leaves being edible.Ah.
    Hope you get calmer weather soon.

  14. rosaria -
    From what I read in Wikipedia, it is ONLY the stalks, not the leaves, that are edible and ONLY the Gunnera tinctoria, not the other varieties. You'd have to check further if you'replanning to cook up a batch!

  15. I tried growing some variety of this, but it didn't live.

  16. Carmen, your acacia photo on the blog header is a gorgeous thing!I love acacia, because here in central California it smells like wildflowers. I wonder how the tinctoria tastes. Have you tried it? I know how you savor food. Did you get out your little knifie-poo and chomp on a sliver?

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  18. Interesting looking plant.