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Tehachapi Road Trip Spring 2015 Part 2
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Huntington Botanical Garden

Seychelles Island Palm (Lodoicea maldivica): Largest and most provocative seed on earth. Photographed at Huntington Botanical Garden in San Marino (7 April 2015).

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An amazing "ant plant" native to S.E. Asia. This plant is an epiphyte that lives high in the rain forest canopy. Tunnels & chambers in the enlarged base provide living quarters for symbiotic ants which in turn provide the plant with nutrients & protection. The nutrients are absorbed by special glands that line the tunnels.

Myrmecodia tuberosa: Another species of ant plant native to S.E. Asia.

Japanese Garden at Huntigton Botanical Garden.

Amorphophallus titanum (corpse flower) in fruit.

A. Amorphophallus titanum in full bloom at Fullerton Arboretum on the campus of California State University at Fullerton. B. Amorphophallus titanum near the end of its gigantic leaf stage. The withered compound leaf is supported by ties to the shadecloth ceiling framework. C. and D. Pollination of "Tiffy Titan" (Amorphophallus titanum) at Fullerton Arboretum on the campus of California State University at Fullerton. Pollinators are Leo C. Song Jr. of the CSUF Biological Science Greenhouse Complex and Chris Barnhill of the Fullerton Arboretum.

Venus' flytrap (Dionaea muscipula).

A Venus' flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). Active traps are formed by hinged, 2-lobed leaf blades fringed with stiff hairs. When the leaf blade folds closed, it traps an insect within a jail of interlocking hairs. Three bristle-like hairs near the middle of the upper side of the leaf blade are sensitive to touch and cause the blade to snap shut. Touching one hair will not trigger the closing mechanism. Only when one hair is touched twice or two hairs are touched in succession will the leaf blade fold closed.

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Peshawar (opium) poppy (Papaver somniferum album).

Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)

Horsetail cone or strobilus (Equisetum hyemale). Each umbrella-like (peltate) scale has numerous sporangia on its underside. The sporania are filled with spores.