Sunday, September 19, 2010

Glottiphyllum linguiforme or Mesembryanthemum linguiforme

Blooming now in the Tropical House at the UC Botanical Garden: a pretty little flower in the ice plant family. It does bear a certain resemblance to those pale yellow and lavender-pink flowers growing along freeways, doesn't it? I think this one must be a bit harder to grow. Linguiforme. I think that means "shaped like a tongue." I guess those leaves look tongue-shaped. But, guess what? Glottiphyllum also means "shaped like a tongue!" So I guess the name ends up meaning "Tongue-shaped leaves shaped like a tongue." Very redundant. But not as redundant as Rattus rattus.

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