Gas Plant

That’s what the little sign said in the garden next to these flowers.  One of the docents was explaining to someone something about holding a match near the flowers fumes and…foom!  So I just had to Google it and look what I found.

Dictamnus – In the summer months, the whole plant is covered with a kind of flammable substance, which is gluey to the touch, and has a very fragrant, lemony aroma; but if it takes fire, it goes off with a flash all over the plant. The name “burning bush” derives from the volatile oils produced by the plant, which can catch fire readily in hot weather, leading to comparisons with the burning bush of the Bible, including the suggestion that this is the plant involved there. The daughter of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus is said to have ignited the air once, at the end of a particularly hot, windless summer day, above Dictamnus plants, using a simple matchstick.The volatile oils have a reputed component of isoprene. (wikipedia)


Gas plant4879


, , , , , , ,

  1. #1 by Indah Susanti on May 27, 2014 - 7:33 am

    So beautiful!

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on May 27, 2014 - 7:42 am

      Thank you. I will be posting a close up image of the plant later today 🙂 ps. I hope you win in your photo competition.

      • #3 by Indah Susanti on May 27, 2014 - 8:59 am

        I love the color composition, it’s really refreshing to see it. Looking forward to see its close up image 🙂 Thank you for you wishes, I will find out next week, will keep posted of course 😉

      • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on May 27, 2014 - 9:03 am

        As beautiful as your images are you are sure to win 🙂

  2. #5 by bulldog on May 27, 2014 - 8:16 am

    Well I’m blessed… such knowledge that needs to be shared… love it

  3. #7 by DeDivahDeals on May 27, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    wow, now that’s an interesting fact – thanks for sharing that bit of knowledge.

    • #8 by imagesbytdashfield on May 27, 2014 - 2:09 pm

      Now I want to go and try and light a match near one. Don’t think the park will appreciate that though 😉

  4. #9 by Ingrid on May 27, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    Interesting…..and I can always count on you for a flower fix 🙂

    • #10 by imagesbytdashfield on May 27, 2014 - 6:12 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂 I’m happy to be able to get out more now…finally!

  5. #11 by Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat on May 27, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    Very interesting.

  6. #13 by Becky on May 29, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Wow! That’s a beautiful plant – thanks for the fascinating information about it too! You know…you just learn something new everyday 🙂 (And yes, I think I would want to try and “test” the plant!)

    • #14 by imagesbytdashfield on May 29, 2014 - 6:12 pm

      Thanks. It would have to be on a still day and without anyone watching 😉

  7. #15 by Leyla on May 30, 2014 - 12:26 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: