I was reading an online articles in National Geographic and Science about a Chilean Vine Boquila that can change it’s leaf shape and colour to mimic other plants around it and I wondered if any of the collections of this plant we have growing at the RBGE exhibit this phenomenon.
So I looked in the online database to see where the plant was growing and found we were growing one 100m from my office, so I popped out for a look.
The individual plant has many different leaf shapes and leaf colours, but was it mimicking any of the plant on either side?
Hard to tell – the plant is growing in T05 (in front of the main range) a bed currently undergoing extensive redevelopment. There are no longer plants on either side of it, they have been moved (or removed) for the redevelopment.
– Just bad timing!
I am now going to try to get to see this plant at other locations in the RBGE (inc. at Benmore & Logan) to see if any of the other plants show signs of being a plant mimic.
Original Scientific article here.