An agricultural crop, not grown where I used to live, so new to me.
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"Actinomorphic" was intended.
... it's not an easy word to spell. I still get stuck on anastomosing (was that right? In the context of little veins joining up to become bigger veins) and I absolutely cannot say it out loud.
Actinomorphic is one of those botanical terms that I can't use unless I say the other one too - "Zygomorphic, zygotes (or "zoo") is things with faces, can only be one way up; actinomorphic is the other one, things can be looked at any way up."
So much to remember...
Lovely photo, was it an escapee, or were there huge fields of them?
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There were several fields of it. As I say, new to me, though I have noted fields of blue in various parts of the country as I drove by. Prettier than Oil-seed Rape, I think.
..far less smelly, much less hay-fever-pollen-producing, but alas, not as lucrative to grow.
I'm pleased to hear that there are some fields of it this year, it seems to me that it's on the decline, now the subsidy to plant it is long gone.
Around our new home was the effect of last year's monsoons on the oil-seed rape. Wherever there was a slope or low-lying area of a field, it remained brown, whilst the rest of the landscape was turning vivid yellow: the seed had been washed away or rotted. In some places the brown patches were bigger than the yellow.
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