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Giant rhubarb or Elephant’s Rhubarb (Gunnera manicata)

Gunnera is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants, some of them gigantic. The genus is the only member of the family Gunneraceae.

The 40-50 species vary enormously in leaf size. Gunnera manicata, native to the Serra do Mar mountains of southeastern Brazil, is perhaps the largest species, with leaves typically 1.5-2 m (5-6 ft) wide, but exceptionally long, up to 3.4 m (11 ft), borne on thick, succulent leaf stalks (petioles) up to 2.5 m (8 ft) long. It germinates best in very moist, but not wet, conditions and temperatures of 22 to 29 °C.

Only slightly smaller is G. masafuerae of the Juan Fernandez Islands off the Chilean coast. They can have leaves up to 2.9 m (9 ft 5 inches) in width on stout leaf stalks 1.5 m (5 ft) long and 11 cm (4.5 in) thick according to Skottsberg. On nearby Isla Más Afuera, G. peltata frequently has an upright trunk to 5.5 m (18 ft) in height by 25–30 cm (10–12 in) thick, bearing leaves up to 2 m (6 ft 4 inches) wide. G. magnifica of the Colombian Andes bears the largest leaf buds of any plant; up to 60 cm (2 ft) long and 40 cm (16 inches) thick. The succulent leaf stalks are up to 2.7 m (8 ft 10 inches) long. The massive inflorescence of small, reddish flowers is up to 2.3 m (7 ft 6 inches) long and weighs about 13 kg. Other giant Gunnera species are found throughout the Neotropics and Hawaii.

Several small species are found in New Zealand, notably G. albocarpa, with leaves only 1–2 cm long, and also in South America, with G. magellanica having leaves 5–9 cm wide on stalks 8–15 cm long.

This genus was named after the Norwegian botanist Johann Ernst Gunnerus.

Source:wikipedia.org

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Comments (15)

Nadia Kushnir on July 18, 2012

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! LIKE!

cjlin on July 19, 2012

Oh...what a huge one, and such s big flower. Wonderful adventure. YSL. cjlin

cjlin on July 19, 2012

with leaves typically 1.5-2 m (5-6 ft) wide, but exceptionally long, up to 3.4 m (11 ft), borne on thick, succulent leaf stalks (petioles) up to 2.5 m (8 ft) long. It germinates best in very moist, but not wet, conditions and temperatures of 22 to 29 °C.

bdeh on July 19, 2012

Wauw, zo groot heb ik ze nog niet gezien Erik. Prachtige en scherpe opname. Groeten Berend

~Marlene~ on July 19, 2012

Impressive plants & photo, Erik! Like

Greetings, Marlene

Erik van den Ham on July 19, 2012

Thanks Nadia, cjlin and Marlene they most certainly are impressive!!Especially when one walks trough such a jungle of the giants! Thanks for your kind words likes and Y*.

Enorm he zijn ze ik kon er onderdoor lopen zonder te hoeven bukken. De giga stengels zijn kunstwerkjes op zich.

Greetings, Groeten, Erik

Jack Tol on July 19, 2012

Hier breng je de omvang van die plant op een voortreffelijke wijze in beeld Erik. Sterk en goed belicht shot ook, waarbij het tegenlicht door de bladeren ook een prachtig effect geeft.

Groeten,

Jack

Chris10 © on July 19, 2012

Het kost ook Laura totaal geen moeite om vrolijk onder deze paraplu te gaan staan. Erg fraai Erik.

Groetjes, Christien.

Roman Zázvorka on July 19, 2012

Very beautiful photo, beautiful and great umberella. LIKE. Kind regards and nice evening from Czech Republic. Roman

Erik van den Ham on July 19, 2012

Ha Jack en Chris10 deze tuin had ik al veel over gelezen en gehoord en wilde hem nu zeker gaan bezoeken. Helaas waren de Hortensia's die het dal totaan de vijver opsieren allleen nog in knop en bloeiden ze niet. Deze Gunnera pasage maakte een hoop goed evenals de rest van de tuin.

Thanks Roman this impressive plants were just one aspect of this stunning garden.

Groeten, Best regards, Erik

K@rin on July 23, 2012

Prachtig he die LOEIgrote bladeren en 'bloemen', voel je je net een dwergje als je daar tussenloopt .. Mooie foto , groetjes Karin

Erik van den Ham on July 23, 2012

Lol laat Laura dat maar niet horen want die voelt zich beslist niet zo.......

Smakelijk eten, als dat nog moet ;-)

Erik

Annemarie131 on July 24, 2012

Huge! Goed dat Laura erbij staat, want anders heb je als kijker geen idee van de afmetingen.MOOI!

Erik van den Ham on July 24, 2012

Ja maar dan moet de kijker natuurlijk wel op de hoogte zijn van haar lengte.....

Suzi in Oregon on September 11, 2012

Fun photo, great light, huge feet for a lovely girl :), and happy enormous leaves and blossoms, even by Gunnera standards. Nicely done (O:

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