One-word Wednesday: Jewels


These are the tiniest fruits in my garden...

Talinum paniculatum, "Jewels of Opar".

See how small the pods are? Tiny!

Tiny jewels indeed.


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DC Tropics  – (September 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM)  

When I was a kid I read just about every book Edgar Rice Burroughs ever wrote, among which were the now-obscure "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar". I assume that's where the common name for this plant came from, probably originally as a marketing name in a plant catalog. Interesting that the plant name stuck, but the book is practically forgotten. (I'm still wondering about "Love lies bleeding"...)

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