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Heavy metal

May 18, 2011

Skilled metal artists have been able to reproduce the shape of agave leaves in copper, which turn green upon oxidation and look like evergreens even in snow. At Bangkok’s Siam Paragon and Amari Watergate hotel spa you can see lotus leaves made of copper – very beautiful. But what about the opposite, a real leaf looking like metal?

There is a native Thai fern which has surprisingly stiff leaves, and they are coated with a mysterious metallic blue-green sheen. That colour develops best in shade:

Microsorum thailandicum (Pteridophyta/Polypodiaceae), here from Khun Nantiya’s garden in Chiang Mai. We have a young specimen by the shower at Dokmai Garden. The bluish-green metallic sheen makes the plant look like it came from a metal artist’s studio.

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