Puya berteroniana inflorescence, Santa Barbara Co. | ©Mike Bush

Commonly known as Turquoise Puya, Puya berteroniana (Poales - Bromeliaceae) is a terrestrial bromeliad endemic to Chile.

Each spring, this bromeliad sends up a massive flower stalk 6 feet tall and over a foot wide, covered with the most amazing flowers. The 2-inch blossoms are emerald-turquoise, and have bright orange anthers that contrast beautifully with the petals. Turquoise is an extremely rare color in the plant world, and it’s even rarer to be combined with orange.  The large stature and riveting coloration of the Puya gives it a presence that is truly awe-inspiring [source].

anonymous asked:

Hi hope you had a wonderful break. I know i'm super late but i wanted to voice my frustration about a commonly used antiNS/Sakura argument. Sakura's emotional manipulation towards Naruto regarding POAL. Now being an NS fan i had mixed feelings about this moment but the thing that got to me was the simple truth of he could have said no. He took up the promise BECAUSE he loved her it doesn't get much simpler than that in my opinion i would continue but i'm running out of room lol. 👍Good day.

Hello, anon! :]

Thanks for your kind lines, and yes, I had a wonderful break! :]
Now, on your question. The issue is that canon!Sakura is incredibly manipulative, and this statement itself is a huge understatement, and it is something that we, NS fans, and everyone who ships her with someone else have to acknowledge. Though, when it comes to the moment where she begs Naruto to bring Sasuke back in part 1, I have to admit that it is a very borderline scene. But before I begin, I would like to give a definition of emotional manipulation:

Most individuals who regularly use manipulative tactics do not intentionally set out to do harm. They may not even be aware that their relational style is one of manipulation. It is what has worked; it is what they know.
Healthy people engage in dialogue where they discuss, negotiate, compromise as well as respect one another’s differences, feelings and desires. A manipulator pushes and pressures to get his/her own way by ignoring stated or implied boundaries, trying to get you to back down, make you feel guilty or afraid so that you will give in and give them what they want.
The manipulator’s goal is to control your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. They want to get what they want regardless of what it costs you.

Now, the thing is that Sakura was guilt-tripping herself into believing that no matter her efforts, they were not enough to convince Sasuke, and now that she had realized her failure she used her unhappiness, which is portrayed by her uncontrollable sobbing, to beg Naruto to bring their ex-comrade back. She then went on about how Naruto might be the only one able to save Sasuke. It was an attempt to convince him.
Another thing I have noticed is that her wish didn’t take into account his feelings—reference to “regardless of what it costs you”, and here, you can see how Sakura’s act fits with some of the most common manipulative tactics:

1. Pleading, begging and repeating something over and over and over again until you wear down.
2. Crying, acting dependent, despondent, sulking, withdrawing. These forms of manipulation are often more non-verbal, the silent treatment, bad moods, nasty eye contact, uncontrollable sobbing, banging things, slamming doors, etc., until you give in and do what he/she wants.

This act is also the reason why later, in part 2, she felt guilty for having put too much burden on Naruto, and in order to know that he wasn’t chasing after Sasuke just because of her, that she wasn’t the cause of his pain, and that she didn’t need to blame herself about everything, she had to confess him her love.
Of course, we know Naruto would do everything for Sakura-chan because he loved her, and we also know that regardless of her plea, he would still try to bring Sasuke back for he considered him his closest bond he ever had. Nonetheless, that fact doesn’t make Sakura’s attempt any less manipulative. Like, your friend could try to convince you to give xem a piece of your chocolate by saying “Hey, we are friends, right? Remember when I helped you?”. That is textbook manipulation what your friend did, and just because you would still say no, it doesn’t change the fact that your friend was trying to manipulate you.
Maybe, you would like to hear that the “Promise of the lifetime” is very important in NS despite Sakura’s behaviour for it demonstrates Naruto’s willingness to emotionally sacrifice for her for years. In other words, it is a prove for his sincere feelings for her but that is another story I will talk about one day for it would go beyond the scope of this post.
Apart from that, don’t worry, every pairing and every character has its flaws, and there’s no shame to ship NS, and with this said, I wish you a wonderful day! :]


can someone explain how POAL supports NaruSaku... at all

naruto: dont worry sakura, im gonna bring sasuke back for you!!!!
sakura: thanks naruto!!
narusaku: yeah thats true love right there. proof 

naruto: *blatantly gives up sakura because hes not an asshole who hounds girls who dont like him* *continues to grow as a person, as earlier noted by tsunade when he gave sakura and sasuke space in the hospital*
sakura: *continues to love sasuke even though he left the village because her feelings are that strong* *desperate for him to return to the team*
naruto and sakura: *has one of their first moments of mutual understanding, as real friends, revolving around sasuke*

narusaku: ….YES LOOK AT THIS PROOF!!!!!!!!!!


naruto ending: *naruto brings back sasuke. sasuke and sakura get together. naruto has moved on. exactly what the promise implied*

narusaku: no but this isnt what i expected even though it was explicitly telegraphed by kishimoto

Fuch’s Bromeliad - Guzmania monostachia

Guzmania monostachia (Poales - Bromeliaceae) is a bromeliad distinctive by its short, dense, unbranched flower spike with broad, conspicuous bracts covering the flower stalk. This long-lived epiphytic occurs in branches and tree trunks in swamps and wet hammocks. It can be found in southern Florida (US), the West Indies, and Central and South America.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Lourens Grobler | Locality: Northern Ecuador (2009)

Buddha’s Belly Bamboo

Also commonly known as Golden Bamboo, Bambusa vulgaris var. vitatta (Poaceae) is one of the most popular cultivars in the world, and can be identified by its (golden) yellow culms with green stripes. It can grow up to a height of 12 m, and a thickness of 8 cm.

Bambusa vulgaris is known for infrequent flowering and lack of seed set, facts that have been a matter of curiosity among bamboo specialists. As many as 20 incidences of flowering of this species were reported from 10 countries during the past one and a half centuries. Strangely enough, no fruit set has been reported from anywhere. The common method of propagating Bambusa vulgaris var. vittata, like other clump bamboos, is by division.

References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4]

Photo credit: ©João Paglione

Locality: Brazil

Pineapple: a widely consumed fruit, but little known

Did you know that pineapple is the fruit of a bromeliad that belongs to the genus Ananas?

Currently seven species within the genus Ananas are recognized, some of them are wild, some are used as ornamentals, and one, Ananas comosus, is used as cultivars for fruit production.

Ananas comosus (Poales - Bromeliaceae) is native to South America and it is generally recognized that the indigenous populations contributed substantially ro the domestication of the pineapple. Due to its uses as fresh fruit, but also for wine making, and medicinal purposes, pineapples were easily dispersed and are now found throughout the tropics.

Pineapple is the third most important tropical fruit in world production after banana and citrus, however, very little is known about its molecular genetics [read more].  

Photo credit: ©Alexandros Dimitriou | Pineapple from Palau, Micronesia

Tillandsia cyanea - The Pink Quill

Tillandsia cyanea (Bromeliaceae), commonly known as Pink Quill, is regarded as one of the most beautiful bromeliads due to their large and magnificent flowers.

The Pink Quill is an epiphytic perennial native to the American tropics and sub-tropics, and gets its name from the plume of bright pink bracts that last for months. Its pink bracts are densely overlapping, with violet-blue flowers emerging for a brief show.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Methos Phang

Locality: unknown.

Oats | Joanna Clegg   (Cornwall, England)

Close up detail of oats, Avena sativa (Poaceae), growing in a coastal field managed to encourage growth of native wild flowers such as the Purple Viper’s Bugloss that gives the image it’s purple background.

Being tolerant of low soil fertility and frost, and requiring low external inputs (such as fertilizers), Avena sativa has been suggested as a potential food and fodder crop for resource-poor farmers in areas such as the highlands of tropical Africa [1].