I recently had surgery to fuse some vertebrae in my neck. I have just recently mustered up the courage to look at the scar. It is not attractive in my eyes, but I have been assured this will fade. It has been under wraps which include a neck brace and usually a scarf to cover the brace. If you watch this #gardenchatter, you can see the cover-up. (Written in November 2014) I’m hoping the scar isn’t too obvious eventually. I do realize that many have scars and they are beautiful to them because of what they have gone through and can celebrate surviving the often horrible circumstances that caused them.
I have to tell you though, I have always had a fascination with the leaf scars on houseplants, especially philodendrons (now thaumatophyllum). I love the look of them.
What is a leaf scar, you ask? A leaf scar is the mark left by a leaf after it falls off the stem of the plant. Technically, it is where the petiole was attached to the stem.
In the picture above of the close-up, (sorry it is a little blurry) you can see the vascular bundles. Another definition is in order:
vascular bundles are, as defined in the dictionary:
Philodendron (now Thaumatophyllum)
The plants below are obviously old as they have a lot of scars showing. In the natural habitat, these plants climb trees. Philodendron comes from the Greek words philo or “love” and dendron “tree”. The plant starts out on the jungle floor, scrambling along until finding a tree to climb and then it winds itself up the tree to find the light.
The older the plant, the more leaf scars it has. Makes sense, right? The older we get, the more scars we have, too. Emotional, physical….. It gives us and the plants character, right?
I love this heart-shaped leaf scar below. I saw it on a philodendron at the New York Botanical Garden. If you look closely at the picture on the right, you can see some leftover petiole pieces on some of the leaf scars. They kind of look like newborn baby belly buttons. Do you see it?