Archive for 'Asclepiadaceae'

Caralluma socotrana

During my 14 day stay on Socotra I only found this plant with a seed pod. And in what an exquisite state! The pod has just opened, and the seeds are yet to be dispersed by the wind. Timing is everything, but I think luck is a great part as well 😉

Caralluma socotrana

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Caralluma socotrana

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Caralluma socotrana UV

A mesmerizing flower in shape, texture and color which is almost completely dark in UV. Endemic.

Pergularia tomentosa

Very distinct seed pods! In fact everything about this plant is unmistakable – there is no need for flowers, or even seedpods to identify it.

Pergularia tomentosa

The hairs on the leaves cast a whitish hue, which together with the heart-shaped makes this plant unmistakable in any vegetative state.

Pergularia tomentosa

I found this plant in many locations around sea level, but only on the beach of Shuab in the west of Socotra did I find one with perfect flowers. Most other plants were either past bloom or had run out of water and were drooping.

Pergularia tomentosa UV

Also this plant holds no secrets in the flowers in visible light that is revealed in UV light.