Blog: Feeling small / Illustrations inspired by nature

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Did you ever have the chance to admire the white fluffy seeds of a Gomphocarpus physocarpus? Or the woolly hairs of a "She Kong" that can grow up to spectacular 3 meters? Or the complicated colorful construction of a Passionflower? The beauty and intelligence of nature is so much bigger than us.

Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Large spherical inflated fruits covered with soft spines, splitting to release many seeds, each with a tuft of long silky hairs attached at one end. South Africa, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya.

Fuzzy Heliconia vellerigera "She Kong"
A magnificent cultivator from Columbia, inflorescence are red and “woolly” with cinnamon hairs, creating an astonishing pendulous bract. Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama

Passiflora incarnata
Commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a fast-growing perennial vine with climbing or trailing stems. Flowers have five bluish-white petals. They exhibit a white and purple corona, a structure of fine appendages between the petals and stamens. Passionflower is reputed to have sedative effects. Historically, the plant has been used to treat anxiety, insomnia, or hypertension. Southeast USA, South America
IMAGE // ELVIRA WEIDINGER
IMAGE // ELVIRA WEIDINGER
IMAGE // ELVIRA WEIDINGER
 

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