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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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11 Comments

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 10 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 ;)

DespinaTsafetopoulou
DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

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 10 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...

DespinaTsafetopoulou
DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

@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 10 years ago

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

DespinaTsafetopoulou
DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

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 10 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 ;)

DespinaTsafetopoulou
DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

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 10 years ago

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

injica
injica 10 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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