Cee’s FOTD Challenge permits the inclusion of leaves and berries, in part owing to the limited number of flowers in ‘Fall’ and Winter.
Although we are in Spring and not in Autumn Down Under my FOTD today was something so unusual i just had to post it.
(Click on image to open in a new window and click again to expand) 🙂These are some of the leaves from a recently planted Eucalypt (Gum Tree) in a small park near to where i live. I had never seen these objects before and initially thought they might be some sort of mutant fruit growing from the leaf itself!? They look very much like cherries or small apples. 🙂
The lumps are spherical and the centre is located on the leaf, or where the leaf would have been if not for the fruit – the leaf ‘cuts’ through the centre of the sphere!
It turns out that the ‘fruits’ are a kind of leaf tumor, called a gall – a growth of plant tissue caused by a parasite such as fungi, bacteria or insects. It is likely that these were made by a small wasp larva, probably less than 1 mm in length!.