Strange Fruit

|Pandorea Fruit + Pod|

|Pandorea Fruit + Pod|

Sometimes plants have a funny way of surprising you.  One minute they're just growing along, doing their thing and suddenly time stops.  Everything is in its right place.  So right in fact that something you don't often see appears right before your very eyes.  It's like suddenly they're letting you in on something few rarely see.  When that moment hits, the feeling is exhilarating.  Such is the case of the Australian vine Pandorea jasminoides 'Variegata' known to many as the Variegated Bower Vine.

|Pandorea Flower + Foliage|

|Pandorea Flower + Foliage|

Now I've seen this vine many times growing here and there.  It's got gorgeous glossy evergreen variegated foliage.  It blooms soft pink trumpet-like flowers with magenta throats.  I'm not wild about this garish combo of foliage and flower but there's something else.  Something I never noticed before until today.  Maybe it's the Southern California weather, maybe Pandorea is evolving, maybe what I saw was caused by solar flares.  Whatever the case, the rarely seen fruit of this vine is spectacular.  Seriously.  The fruit looks like some sort of variegated luscious lemon-lime.  Something found in a Roald Dahl book or Dr. Suess tale for that matter growing from the Truffula trees.

|Pandorea Pod + Seeds|

|Pandorea Pod + Seeds|

I found what I saw to be pleasantly peculiar.  Once the fruit dries it splits open to reveal papery disks of seeds that are lighter than air.  The looks is very safari and wild.  Something primal from something so, at first, psychedelic.  All of it inspires me to look closer at the seed pods of plant life.  Won't you join me?