My Beautiful Mutant

Friday, April 12, 2013




This is a gerbera daisy I bought the other day. It's a two-faced mutant. Mutant plants are not as rare as you might think. It happens a lot with daisies it seems. I thought I would check out why this happens and what other mutants are out there.

A plant abnormality called fasciation causes fused daisies like the one above. Sometimes more than two are fused as you'll see with a thistle plant below. Pyhllody causes the leafy growths we sometimes see coming out of a flower and Petalody is when petals grow where they aren't supposed to grow, mostly out of their reproductive organs.

These variations can be caused by a random genetic mutation, a physical injury like frost or a virus. Sometimes a parasite or pest can influence the development of the flower. These reasons may cause the flower to develop in unexpected ways but not all of them are scary beyond all reason.

Quilled Daisy [image: Digital Botanic Garden]

Several spear thistle flowers conjoined [image: Digital Botanic Garden]

Foxglove, the star of Agatha Christie poisons
The top most flower an example of fasciated growth of several flower buds
Normal foxglove on the right [image: Digital Botanic Garden]


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Cone flower
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This one looks like a good candidate for googly eyes
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Muppet

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This happens inside some tomatoes I've bought.
The seeds have all sprouted inside it and it resembles worms a little to much
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2 comments:

RevolutionistsRUs said...

The rdiaotan from Fshumika could also be causing the recent increase in fasciated plants.

http://enenews.com/japan-tv-news-program-films-plant-life-mutations-in-tokyo-fasciated-dandelions-reported-very-often-video

http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2012/04/michigan-radioactive-mutations-store-fruits-and-wild-plants

http://enenews.com/report-asahi-tv-show-airs-photos-of-mutated-plants-in-tokyo-same-program-to-feature-dire-situation-at-no-4-fuel-pool-asked-audience-to-send-in-more-examples-photo

These mutations aren't that common. I've never seen them up close--and especially in abundance--until after the horrific nlcaeur event at Fshumika and I've been exposed (father was a landscaper) to plants my whole life (I can't remember the frequency after Crheyobl, though, as I was too young). My grandfather, however, was around for Crheyobl, and all the other nlcaeur events we're told about (which, of course, we're told aren't that bad) or not told about (there are many small nlcaeur events--that have a large effect--the general public is never informed of), and has always loved plants, and has NEVER seen a fasciated plant!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasciation

Keep spreading the word... and God speed.

Frimmy said...

Yeah...no can do. I promised my guppy I wouldn't entertain any badly spelled conspiracy theorist babbling and I'm sticking to it.