Fortune Flower – Mother of Thousands!

Warning: If you are not a fan of plant macro shots, you may want to skip this post ;P

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So today, for a few hours, my neighborhood was out of electricity… and to occupy myself I paid a visit to my garden. A couple of plants caught my eye… my mother is a huge fan of succulent plants, she’s trying to cultivate many of them. These two bellow are called Mother of Thousands (aka Fortune Flower, Kalanchoe). Little plantlets start to sprout on each leave, which makes them multiplicate really fast and if one is not careful the plant will take over the garden…

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Hoje, por algumas horas, o meu bairro ficou sem luz… e para me ocupar eu fiz uma visita ao meu jardim. Algumas plantas capturaram minha atenção… a minha mãe é uma fã de plantas suculentas, ela está tentando cultivar várias delas. Essas duas abaixo  são chamadas de Mãe de Milhares (ou Flor da Fortuna, Calanchoe). Pequenos brotos começam a aparecer em cada folha, o que faz com que essa planta se multiplique muito rápido, e se não se tem cuidado ela pode literalmente dominar o jardim…

 

There are many species of kalanchoes, some have simple but pretty and colorful flowers, appreciated for ornamental purposes. And also, legend says it has the power to attract money. I fail to see the logic in: “plant multiplies like the plague, thereafter it multiplies money as well”. But there is not much sense in folklore, though it can be fun story telling sometimes.

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Existem várias espécies de Calanchoes, algumas têm simples mas belas flores coloridas, apreciadas para propósitos ornamentais. E também, diz a lenda que essa planta tem o poder de atrair dinheiro. Eu não consigo enxergar a lógica em: “planta multiplica-se como a praga, portanto ela multiplica dinheiro também”. Mas não é como se existisse muito sentido em folclore, embora possa ser uma historinha divertida às vezes. 

You see the sprouts in the center of the plant? Don’t they look like an alien or frog head? hehehe Anyway, these plants are native from Madagascar and… cross your fingers and wish upon a star for a more interesting post next time!! lol I’m just joking, I hope you have enjoyed it!😉

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Vocês estão vendo os brotos no centro da foto? Não parece uma cabeça de alien ou de sapo? hehehe Bom, essas plantas são nativas de Madagascar e… cruzem os dedos e façam um pedido para uma estrela cadente por um post mais interessante para a próxima vez!! kkkk brincadeira, espero que vocês tenham gostado!😉

Hasta later, minasan!😉

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10 Responses to Fortune Flower – Mother of Thousands!

  1. Ken says:

    Hi AnnA,
    So you’re a botanist as well as photographer!🙂
    Succulents are fascinating plants and I particularly like the first one – all those plantlets around each leaf – what a wonderful way to propagate the species!
    A good exercise for a photographer – macros aren’t as easy as they look and depth of field is one of the difficult things to handle, though it’s useful for keeping the attention on one’s main subject. You made a good job of these pictures – as usual!🙂
    Ken xox

  2. Nuno says:

    Mesmo não sendo um fã incondicional de fotografia macro de plantas, estas estão muito boas🙂

  3. DaAsFlickered says:

    I had never seen these plants!!
    beautiful macro photos Anna!!🙂

  4. great post! Keep up the great work!

  5. Patrick Emerson says:

    Wonderful captures of a very unique little plant.

    Plants with stems like this are always the hardest to photograph!

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