Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bear's Breeches

The persistent flower heads of Acanthus mollis, or bear's breeches, growing near the fountain in Battery Park.

Acanthus mollis is one of the oldest cultivated plants; they say that the flowers were the inspiration for the capitals on Corinthian columns.

Acanthus is derivative for the Greek work for thorn or spine; mollis is Latin for soft or downy.

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