Fasciated Echium by front gate

Posted on by Surprise Highway
Filed under: Flora & Fauna

Strange folding forms appeared growing by the front gate. The fasciated plant is Echium candicans or commonly known as "Pride of Madiera". Fasciation describes the way a plant grows in unusual or ribbon like forms. And it  can happen to different parts of a plant, the root, stem or flower of many different species of plants and can be caused by bacteria, fungus, genetics, environmental, or insects. Some plants such as Celosia or cockscomb are actual grown with this defect to create  an unusual "flower"  that resembles  the top of the head of a male chicken.