Awesome in the right light

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gloxinia sylvatica.

Seeing red (or orange) at this time of year? We’re not thinking poinsettias here, but they are in profusion everywhere we look. During a morning walk through the Garden we were struck by the light on two plants: Gloxinia sylvatica and Juanulloa mexicana.

Each offered an expression of nature’s magic with chemistry: plant production of secondary metabolites, such as anthocyanin and flavonoids that create red and yellow pigments. More often than not, we take these things for granted. Occasionally we would do well to stop and be awed.

Juanulloa mexicana.