Friday, June 6, 2008

Random plant event: Polyscias fruticosa budding

We have a single ming aralia (Polyscias fruticosa) at work, which is a little bit ugly and expensive, so I expect to be spending quite a bit of time with it. I don't, however, spend a lot of time thinking about it lately, because there's been so much else going on, with the tropical order and the spring annuals before it.

So imagine my surprise yesterday when I looked at it and saw flower buds. They're not exciting flower buds, by any stretch of the imagination, nor are they actually open yet, but even so: not something you see every day. In fact, not something I've seen ever. And there are a lot of them:

It's anybody's guess what these flowers will look like when they finally open (anybody's except for the people who have seen Polyscias flowers before, I mean), but they look like they're going to be complicated. I count like 25-30 individual buds in each head, here, and something like nine or ten heads:

So stay tuned, gentle readers. If and when these buds open, you'll get to see them. Unless somebody buys it, in which case we'll have a contest to see who can imagine the best ming aralia flowers.


Hermes said...

This is unusual. There is only one picture of it's flowers on the net as (as I understand it) it doesn't usually flower till it gets to shrub / small tree size. Great event.

Aiyana said...

Has it opened?

mr_subjunctive said...

About three individual flowers opened so far; I didn't take a picture yesterday because I'm waiting for more of them to open, and also I had to leave early yesterday because the heat was getting to me.

Unknown said...

Aww, I love aralias, especially the Ming? Is tihs one particularly ugly? I think they look great - they have the dwarf rainforst tree thing going for them, and their trunks look so aged!