Fractal vygie – South Africa
The vygie (say fay-chee, with the “ch” pronounced as in loch) is one of the most ubiquitous types of flower in South Africa and as a succulent it is particularly suited to the hot, dry climate of the interior. These plants belong to the genus Lampranthus and are also known as ice plants in other parts of the world and produce spectacularly bright flowers in a range of colours. It is a large genus and 150-200 members originate in South Africa, so I grew up surrounded by them. I love the intense colour of this particular bloom, and the fact that it looks less like a flower than some sort of fractal artwork on the cover of a trance CD.
And if I’m lucky, I may see some of these today as I am arriving in South Africa for some sun, sea and family time. First order of business, though, will be to head straight from the airport to my young nephew’s pirate-themed birthday party. Ahoy, mateys!
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