The Plant – Crimson’s Creative Challenge

This is my response to Crimson’s Creative Challenge #138

The CCC challenge is open for everyone and asks for creative responses like flash-fic stories, poems, pictures, captions, and, and, and… check it out!


The photograph belongs to Crispina Kemp

The Plant

My muse and I stare at the picture.

“Send me something, please.” I say.

“What is this plant?” She asks.

“I don’t have a clue.”

Funny how the muse and I seem to be intrigued by the same things.

“Let’s do some research,” I suggest. She nods.

I use Google image search, put in the link to the picture and get ‘nightshade’ in return.

“That’s definitely not a nightshade,” I say. The muse nods.

I search for ‘giant palmate leaf,’ look at the pictures that come up, and there it is: the rice paper plant, Tetrapanax papyrifer.

“That must be it,” I say. “What do we do with it?”

“Maybe something dystopian? An alternative for paper made from wood?” The muse suggests.

“Yeah, but that paper isn’t really an alternative, is it?”

“Not really.”

We both shrug. So there’s nothing creative this week. Oh well, at least we had fun.

(150 words)

Well, at least I think that this is Tetrapanax papyrifer. I’m using the opportunity to link to my favourite go-to site when I want to know about the properties, medicinal uses etc. of a plant, the Plants For A Future Database.

8 thoughts on “The Plant – Crimson’s Creative Challenge

    1. Thanks Dale.
      No, I don’t think so. Horse chestnut is very common where I live, it’s a tree, doesn’t have such giant leaves, the leaf shape is different and they don’t have huge, hairy stalks.
      Crispina will tell… 🙂
      I really had no idea what to write, been busy all day with cooking and freezing a tomato sauce concentrate from a flood of very ripe tomatoes I ‘inherited’… not good for inspiration, LOL.

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      1. I ain’t gonna argue as I don’t know. Kinda looks like a plant I shared on FB that I didn’t know what it was and was told it was that!

        I haven’t been that good with the challenges lately.

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    1. Thank you! Was it planted in a container or directly into the ground, I wonder. I think the rice paper plant or a relative might be it, because it’s being used as an ornamental plant and that stalk looks exactly like described.

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