Appreciation: Plants in unexpected places

Discussion in 'Celebrate Biodiversity' started by Junglekeeper, Sep 22, 2021.

  1. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Vancouver BC Canada
    While waiting at a bus stop next to the Arbutus Greenway - an old railway line - I noticed some leaves that seemed out of place amongst the bramble. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be from a grape vine which I assume had grown from seed from a passerby. It had managed to intermingle with the blackberry, climb some 20-30' up a nearby tree, and produce fruit in doing so. I have to applaud its tenacity. I've seen wild apple trees before but not a grape vine.

    What plants have you seen in an unexpected place?
  2. Margot

    Margot Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    Nanoose Bay, BC Canada
    I am always surprised and delighted to see new plants growing where ants have taken seeds. Myrmecochory - AntWiki

    Whenever you see trilliums, hellebores, cyclamens, bleeding hearts, gingers, etc. growing in unexpected places, it could very well be ants who have taken the seeds there.

    The most recent I have discovered just this year is autumn flowering crocus (Colchicum autumnale) cropping up and blooming in a number of locations far from where the corms were first planted (and long-since removed).
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