Posts Tagged ‘Wicked Plants’

Aphid vs. Orchid at Our Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park – BTW, Wicked Plants “Leaves” Oct 30th

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Can you spot the pest on this orchid from our San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers?

Do you see the tiny Clue near the middle between the two petals? Look hard:

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Let’s zoom in. Oh, here’s the culprit. It’s Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory using her sucking mouthpart as a weapon.

Mystery solved (via a Canon 65mm lens setup that looked a little something like this.)

BTW, the Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins exhibition is leaving us October 30th, so get on over there soon.

OMG, Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins Runs April 7 to October 30, 2011 at Our Conservatory of Flowers!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

All the deets:

Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins
April 7 – October 30, 2011

Paralysis, strangulation, derangement – these are just a few of the misdeeds of the plant kingdom as chronicled by award-winning author Amy Stewart in her 2009 New York Times Bestseller, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. And now, something wicked this way comes. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. Building on the fascinating plant portraits in Stewart’s book, the Conservatory introduces visitors to living examples of dozens of infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim, like the castor bean, implicated in the 1978 “umbrella murder” of communist defector BBC journalist Georgi Markov, and the strychnine tree, nineteenth-century serial killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cream’s poison of choice for troublesome spouses and lovers. It’s a who’s who of botanical rogues and assassins. Meet them if you dare!

Deadly nightshade, via Amy Stewart

See you there!