Appreciation: Petioles can be ornamental too

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I wondered what I was seeing here, appearing to be unusual Christmas decorations. They're leaf stems, on Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata. The most ornamental ones were pinker in colour, but they weren't in focus, which was unfortunate, as they sort of matched the heritage Abbott House from 1900, which counts as heritage around here. One could make all kinds of comments about that. Anyway, nice that it was retained. This is sort of downtown, though might be technically in the West End, on W. Georgia backing onto Alberni at Jervis.
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    They remind me of bird spikes that are often seen around the city.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    At certain times of the year, the Parthenocissus on the arbour by the Food Garden looks like a botanical hedgehog if viewed from the right angle.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Oh good. I was wondering if the leaves had been deliberately trimmed off - they all looked so uniform.
     

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