Native from Mexico to Brazil, artillery plant is a short-lived perennial
or annual that typically grows from 8-12 inches tall. In its native
habitat, it may spread to as much as 24 inches wide and is sometimes
massed as a ground cover. Abundant, tiny, obovate to rounded, succulent,
light green leaves, 6-12 mm long, appear on this small shrubby plant,
giving it an almost fern-like appearance. Tiny greenish flowers are not
particularly showy. Male flowers explosively discharge pollen into the
air, hence the common name of artillery plant. Indoor plants rarely flower
Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, Tanay Bose
Photographed at Ross Island, Andaman & Nicobar.
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