foliage

Blue, iridescent foliage in understory plants is such an extraordinary adaptation for coping with low light levels. It’s been described using quantum mechanics that some plants physically manipulate light to slow it down and extract more energy to power photosynthesis. These plants have modified chloroplasts with highly ordered thylakoid placement. The precise placement results in crystal-like structures of thylakoid towers, reflecting blue light and absorbing more red-green light. The truly amazing feature of these modified chloroplasts is the generation of ‘slow light’; as the red-green light travels through the chloroplasts, the crystal structure physically slows the light, resulting in up to 10% more light energy being converted to chemical energy. This was described using Begonia pavoina (Nature Plants 2016), but I have found that when I grow Selaginella uncinata in very low light levels, its foliage is much more blue. 🔹🌿 • • • • • #selaginella #iridescent #peacockspikemoss #blue #green #science #quantumphysics #photosynthesis #terrarium #terrariumimaginarium #terrariumdreams #design #landscaping #glass #houseplants #indoorplants #plants #horticulture #foliage #leaf #livingwithplants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #greenyourfeed #plantphotography #house_plant_community #plantsofinstagram #urbanjungle #plantnerd #botany

Mimosa pudica aka sensitive plants are back in our greenhouse. Get them while supplies last! #andersonslacosta #nature #foliage #loveleucadia #encinitaslife #leucadia #encinitas #sandiego

Okay, okay, okay. Quick corrections corner ☝️ I had my giggles when I ID'd this as a senecio herreianus (pfft lol huehuehue) "purple flush"...BUT it would seem this is actually an othonna capensis "ruby necklace" or "little pickles." . I guess the name is still kinda cute and definitely more family friendly than herr--*giggle*, herreianu--*wheeze*, herreianus 🍑 Thanks for the save, @caffeinatedplantlover! . . . #plantsmakepeoplehappy #houseplants #houseplantclub #therealhouseplantsofinstagram #house_plant_community #indoorplants #instaplant #plantstagram #interiordesign #plantdesign #gardening #indoorgarden #plantenabler #plantcollector #plantgang #plantcollection #plants #plantmom #plantlady #urbanjungle #urbanjunglebloggers #lifewithplants #livingwithplants #foliage #greenery #apartmentjungle #apartmentbotanist #succulents

My yard is trash, but the extra space for plants makes up for it. I’ve been waiting for this elephant ear to grow more! Love how new leaves come right out of the existing stems. PLANTS ARE COOL YA’LL 🐘🐘🐘