Brilliant Botany is an educational blog focused on botany, with the goal of showing just how cool and interesting plants can be. It is run by Claire, a recent college grad with degrees in Plant Biology and English, a passion for museums and a love of short fiction.
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Tulipa ‘Captain Fryatt’ with viral streaking. Cambridge University Botanic Garden has just received an award from Plant Heritage for the micropropagation of clean stock of this tulip, which has been infected with a virus that causes the streaked colouration seen in this photograph. ‘Captain Fryatt’ has not even been listed in the RHS Plant Finder since 1999, and is therefore considered very rare indeed.
This is the fruit of a plant in the Physalis genus (specifically Physalis alkekengi, the bladder cherry). All members of this genus have small fruits encased in a husk. Tomatillos are in this genus, as well as Cape Gooseberries, which are not true gooseberries. The husk forms from the calyx of the flower, which is the collective term for the green sepals that form beneath the petals.
This is an inflorescence of a mango plant. All mangoes are in the Mangifera genus, and there are many varieties, both wild and cultivated. Many commercially grown varieties are grown using grafting. In this process, the upper portion of a preferred variety is attached (grafted) to the root system of a different variety. This is done to make use of a better root system for a particular climate. Its a technique also commonly used in commercially grown grapes.
Most of the world’s mangoes are grown in India and China, though growers exist in most frost-free, tropical climates.