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Old 09-30-2016, 10:36 PM
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October Plant Parade Challenge

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It's time for OCTOBER PLANT PARADE CHALLENGE

Bark does it for me!! I'm fascinated by the texture, colour and patterns of bark and love the contrasting effect of moss, lichen and other tree dwelling plants and flowers that grow on it so my challenge to you is to paint Bark + anything that grows on it

If bark doesn't appeal then how about bromeliads or orchids that grow on trees. Please use your own pics or from the RIL.

Here goes, some photos for you to use if you wish. I'll have to put them on two posts.

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- Choose a picture from below, from the Reference Image Library or your own.
-Reveal day is 25th October, you can chat and discuss as we go along but don't post your pics until then.











Ok so they're leaves but they're growing from the bark (money doesn't )



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Old 09-30-2016, 10:40 PM
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

Interesting Topic Wendy!
Thanks for Hosting. I'll Sticky this for you now.
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

Thanks Viv

and some more bark photos which won't load I've probably overdone the allowance so they can be found in the Reference Image Library Here

I'll try and put them here in the morning.
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

I like the open nature of this challenge. Here are some more photos that may be of use. I took them all myself so there are no copyright issues:





The above is a plant parasite. The bit of rough bark at the top is a branch of the protea tree that serves as host, and the branch with the berries growing out of it is the parasite.

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Wow Brian thanks for adding your pics. Now they're exciting!
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Love the photos and all the textures. Looking forward to this challenge. Thank you.
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

Lovely! I too like bark and lichens and mosses and ......
Thanks Plum -so good of you to look after us this month .... and Brian, thank you also for all those extra lovely pics
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

Brian - Do you know the name of those growths on the tree?

I don't think they come under the heading of Lichens, or Fungi, but maybe?
I'm fascinated by them....I'm sure they must have a botanical name? Does anyone know?

I've also got a photo of a tree-trunk, which was covered in them. I took the photo in April this year when we were in the North Island on holiday. They were of a hard, woody, texture, and obviously growths which had grown on the truck of the tree.
Here it is;

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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

What an interesting subject with so many variations! Love tree bark! Here are a couple of mine if anyone wants to use them.




New Mexico aspen tree and leaves
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Brian - Do you know the name of those growths on the tree?

I don't think they come under the heading of Lichens, or Fungi, but maybe?
I'm fascinated by them....I'm sure they must have a botanical name? Does anyone know?

If you mean the parasites, they're a species of Tapinanthus, i.e. a type of mistletoe. They're neither lichens nor fungi - they are in fact flowering plants just like their hosts. But instead of growing in soil, they grow into other living plants, robbing them of some of their water and minerals.

They are indeed quite fascinating. Birds love to eat the red berries, but the seeds are embedded in an extremely sticky pulp, so sooner or later the birds' beaks get all messy so they go sit on a tree branch and wipe their beaks clean. In the process, seeds are deposited on the branch, and under the right conditions, the seeds will germinate and thus infect the host plant.
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

Brian no I dont mean the berries. I mean those growths on the tree in your 6th photo. They look the same, or similar as those in the photo Ive posted? What are they?
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They're known here as Bracket Fungi Viv. I agree they are fascinating, all the patterns and colours. I didn't realise they were so hard.
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

Brian the parasite plant is very beautiful I thought they had been grafted on.

Viv I googled it and according to Wikipedia it's a polypore and the woody fruiting bodies you see are called conks. There are over 1000 species so I'll leave it to you to identify it
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Thanks Kay for the bark photos. Great colour variation in the palm trunk and glad you posted aspen. Together with Silver Birch they' a treat to paint.
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Re: October Plant Parade Challenge

Wendy -Thanks for that info, and I've found it, I've found it!!! that particular species!!!!! Trametes versicolor And it's common name is : Turkey Tail and found all over the world, particularly on dead/ or dying trees.

I've never thought much about fungi on trees before, so this has begun a whole new line of investigating for me - fascinating stuff! And after following Wendy's Wikipedia links - it's a huge subject!

I do remember, when I saw these fungi, when on holiday in the North Island, (in my above photo), I was surprised and amazed at how very beautiful and different, too anything I'd seen before.
Anyway I've discovered they are called - Trametes versicolor - Turkey Tail fungi and the name describes them exactly!

Found on both living, and dead trees in New Zealand and all over the world apparently. It says they are edible, (although I see it says No to Edible, medical properties) but how you would do that I've no idea as I touched them - and yes, I know I shouldn't have - but they were hard like wood! Here's an Internet Link to them;
http://www.hiddenforest.co.nz/fungi/...ae/polyp02.htm
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