ACAENA

Pronunciation: (a-kee-na) Family: Bidi Bidi, New Zealand Burr, ROSACEAE Unlike most other members of the rose family, Acaena has no petals to its flowers, In fact, the very name comes from the ancient Greek akanthos, meaning a thorn. Not that they are spiny plants — they just look it. Each inflorescence consists of a number of petal-less flowers, arranged so that their colourful stamens point outward in all directions like a spiny dandelion puffball or surrealistic modern fountain. There are some 60 species of these dwarf, ground-covering plants, all looking exceedingly attractive planted between stones or spilling over flat, gravelly surfaces. … Continue reading ACAENA