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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

PACHY ON THE MEND









I THINK I MENTIONED IN AN EARLIER POST THAT MY FRIEND DID A BIT OF SURGERY ON THIS PACKY. IT HAD DEVELOPED SOME ROT AND WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO LOSE IT. WE’VE OWNED IT FOR 12 YEARS AND WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY UNFORTUNATE.

BUT NATURE SENDS US LITTLE SURPRISES ---- I’M SURE MY SISTER HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU CAN SEE THE NEW GROWTH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HEALED WOUND WHERE I'VE DRAWN A CIRCLE.


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3 comments:

Robin Easton said...

I've never heard of a packy. I don't even know what the full plant looks like as these are close ups. Is it a cactus? There are some serious spines there, but I know that doesn't always mean cactus.

I love how plants heal. They forever astound me. I also have plants that I've had 12 years. They are amazing "beings".

miriam said...

Robin---i changed the spelling and added a picture of the entire plant. this time of year it gets a little sunburnt so we shade it. here is some wikipedia info. thanks for your comment.

Pachypodium is a plant genus that belongs to the dogbane family , Apocynaceae . Pachypodium comes from Greek pachy (thick) and podium (foot), hence meaning thick-footed . All Pachypodium are succulent plants.

Robin Easton said...

Ooooh, that is so cool that you put the full plant there. It is LOVELY. I am going to look into these in our local nursery sometime. I also found it wild that they belong to the dogbane family.