Monday, July 14, 2014

Botanical #10

Greene County, Virginia 

There are about 80 species of nasturtiums in the genus Tropaeolum, a name derived from the Roman custom of decorating a trophy pole called a tropaeum with the weapons and armour of a vanquished foe. Carl Linnaeus chose the genus name because the plant called to mind this ancient practice; the nasturtium leaves like shields and the intensely colored flowers like bloody helmets displayed on a victorious trophy pole.


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