Mother of Thousands


Mother of Thousands, Bryophyllum daigremontianum, a native of Madagascar in the Conservatory of Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania


I comfort myself that it is in the DNA of Sapiens to be very wary of large litters because so lengthy is the growth and socialization of our species that we cannot have large litters.

And that therefore it is not my fault if this plant hovers in my mind between a horror of this mother of thousands, and a cautious wonder.

  And, as my young friends, seeking always to clarify the world, would say aggressively:  and what’s with the long, unpronounceable name?





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