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MOTHER OF THOUSANDS, POLLYANNA VINE

Soleirolia soleirolii

Nettle Family [Urticaceae]  

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category8Climbers
 
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status
statusZneophyte
 
flower
flower8pink
 
petals
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type
typeZclustered
 
stem
stem8round
 

29th Aug 2008, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD


29th Aug 2008, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD


1st May 2008, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD


1st May 2008, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD


1st May 2008, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
The white 'tentacles' bear some resemblance to the red 'tentacles' of Fodder Burnet and Salad Burnet. They are in fact the styles of the female flowers.


3rd Oct 2012, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
A stray stem isolated from the bulk.


3rd Oct 2012, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are minute, about 2mm across, glossy green and with short bristly hairs. Stem red.


3rd Oct 2012, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
Manually turned over to reveal the pale-green matte leaves on the underside. Branches alternate.


3rd Oct 2012, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
It looks like the short projections at each branch of the stem help the plant get a precarious purchase on rough stone and brickwork.


Slight resemblance to : Duckweeds, but they grow on water rather than in the corners of walls.

No relation to other plants sharing one of the same common names : Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) and Mother of Thousands (Saxifraga stolonifera) [non-native ornamental plants with similar sounding names]

This is an introduced low-growing ornamental plant that adorns the lower parts of many walls, covering them in a thick carpet of shiny and tiny, roundish mid-green leaves. The flowers are even smaller and mostly inconspicuous. It reproduces vegetatively, spreading to cover the nooks of walls. It was originally brought over from Corsica. It loves moisture and will grow in swampy environs and has been used as an aquatic plant. It dies back in winter to return in spring.


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MOTHER OF THOUSANDS, POLLYANNA VINE

Soleirolia soleirolii

Nettle Family [Urticaceae]  

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