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Erysimum

Erysimum crassistylum

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Erysimum crassistylum funny looking stems, spotted in my neighbourhood, Volos Greece.

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Dear @Injica, I just found out through a Greek FB page, that there is a plant pathogen, the Rhodococcus fascians pathogen (known as Corynebacterium fascians), wich causes this kind of deformation, in several plant species...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodococcus...

injica
injica 7 years ago

Definitely something that occurred either after an initial division of cells for the beginning of a life as a single plant possibly preceded by some other malformations or just rarer situations. But I suppose you figure out that already ;) sorry I'm not so helpful ;)

So it is a mutation or smthng like that...In my plant, there was about 5-6 irregular stems, and the rest of the plant was normal...

injica
injica 7 years ago

Yeah me to, that day I have spotted my unusual case I was with molecular biologist specialized in plants evolution, so a person that has some knowledge about it but her conclusion was just that it has to be sth. powerful enough (but it was also because of many plants I have encounter not just a single case) to cause this mutation...

@Injica, iI was searching around the internet, but I couldn't find a logical explenation...I'd like to hear any ideas about it!

injica
injica 7 years ago

Btw most of my identifications occur by chance ;) that's the magic of true desperation ;) ha ha ha

Dear @Atanas, the Erysimum genus alone, contains 225 species...And the Bracssicaceae family, 3.700...By chance, I found an Italian site, with the plant details, and I was able to ID it...

injica
injica 7 years ago

Hm...good point, didn't ever thought about it in that way, insects have pretty powerful chemicals! Hm...will contemplate about it with my geeky friends ;)

Hi @Injica! I found it in a prairie wery close to my house, just around the corner, to be exact...The plant belongs to the Brassicaceae family, and it took me ages to discover the correct ID.
I wonder if it's a natural phenomenon or there was some insect wich caused that effect to some of the stems...

Atanas Tanev
Atanas Tanev 7 years ago

Oh, yes, now I see why it took you 2 days. :)

injica
injica 7 years ago

Oh that is crazy :D looks like something wrong ;))) Where did you find it? is it something like an industrial area there or similar ! :D totally unbelievable!

Δήμος Βόλου, Περιφέρεια Θεσσαλίας, Greece

Spotted on Apr 24, 2013
Submitted on Apr 25, 2013

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