Friday, July 21, 2017

Crested Fasciation


Gardening Mysteries

Fasciation on Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

Texas Mountain Laurel is a small tree known for it's grape scented purple pea-shaped flowers that bloom in the spring. Occasionally it will develop an unusual growth called a fasciation. The fasciation appears as though parts of the growth have "melted" together. There are several possible reasons for this, (stress, bacteria).  This symptom can be seen in other plants, as well, and can be a desirable trait. Celosia is another plant that comes to mind.

Texas Mountain Laurel (Sephora  secundiflorum or Dermatophyllum secundiflorum)


Fasciation exhibited in Celosia


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