SM7525 : A monster bursting into life

taken 9 years ago, near to St David's, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

A monster bursting into life
A monster bursting into life
Gunnera tinctoria or giant rhubarb, growing in a small watercourse in the grounds of the cathedral. After dying back during the winter new leaves have started to unfurl around the central flowering core. The plant is a native of southern Chile but has become naturalized in other parts of the world and destructively invasive in some by overshadowing and crowding out indigenous plants.
Parts of it are edible and traditionally eaten by the Mapuche Indians of Patagonia. The young petioles are sold by street vendors and eaten raw, along with salt and chilli to enhance the flavour.
(Not of course a delicacy of which St David would ever have dreamt!)
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 25 March, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 28 March, 2008
Category
Plantlife   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 752 254 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:52.9042N 5:16.0350W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SM 752 254
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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