Thamnochortus Lucens, African Grass

A rounded form
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This plant is a restio external link with a neatly rounded form. This characteristic makes is an attractive plant for gardens.


Thamnochortus Lucens   •  Common names English: Resito or Cape Reed   •  Common name African: Jakkalsstert   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 20 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:39:48 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #133948_2664BCX
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Each stalk ended in a seed husk
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In the female plant (shown here) each stalk ends in one or more seed husks.


Thamnochortus Lucens   •  Common names English: Resito or Cape Reed   •  Common name African: Jakkalsstert   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 20 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:39:54 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #133954_2665BCX
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Photographer included for scale
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The photographer was included in this shot to illustrate the compact size of this plant. Note how Thamnochortus Lucens grows in the form of a rounded ball.


Thamnochortus Lucens   •  Common names English: Resito or Cape Reed   •  Common name African: Jakkalsstert   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 20 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:04 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134004_7482TNT
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Detail of the female stalk heads
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Here is a closeup of the female stalk heads. Notice that each stalk has alternating bands of color that run up its length.


Thamnochortus Lucens   •  Common names English: Resito or Cape Reed   •  Common name African: Jakkalsstert   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 20 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:06 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134006_2667BCX
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Interior stalk bundle
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This view of the interior stalk bundle shows that it is decidedly green. But that color of green is totally lost when the plant is viewed from any distance.


Thamnochortus Lucens   •  Common names English: Resito or Cape Reed   •  Common name African: Jakkalsstert   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 20 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:12 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134012_2668BCX
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Overview of the plant
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Overview of the plant as it was grown among other examples of South African flora.


Thamnochortus Lucens   •  Common names English: Resito or Cape Reed   •  Common name African: Jakkalsstert   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 20 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:28 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134028_2669BCX
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