Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday quiz part 37


Every once in a while - mostly on Tuesdays - I miss our quizzes.

Well, actually, what I miss is your highly creative and often bizarre comments ;-). So let's do it one more time!

Today's question is: What is it? Have you ever seen anything like this? Did it come with a lizard?

23 comments:

Felicia said...

It looks like it could be lizard's mama's tail or bud of a flower. Am I even close?!!

Frank said...

Years ago, a young woman called me a "lounge lizard". After all this time I finally realize it was a compliment.
As for the photo, is it a "Lizard's Lounge"?

Sonia said...

Great photo! It's something like a grouo of seeds of a pine, maybe....

Sonia said...

Sorry, I mean "a group of"...

TOG said...

It's Zamia furfuracea Cardboard Plant, or Cardboard Cycad and it grows up to the middle of Florida and the California middle to south shore and the southern part of the state. Very easy to grow. Your picture is mostly the sexy part. Nope, it's the female part. When it's ripe the brown scales drop and crimson seeds the size of a very large date drop to the ground and sprout all over the place. It's a nice plant.

HoodPhotography said...

How cure. Thanks to Tog for the description, love the lizard making home :)

Me said...

HAH! You can't fool me! I know an Alien landing pod when I see it! Aliens I tell you, right there in Naples!
hee hee hee

Isadora said...

Hi Isabella: It is puzzling indeed and no, I've never seen anything like it :) It does look like an unripened would-be tropical fruit?

Olivier said...

on dirait un petit alligator sur la queue de sa mère. Surprenante photo

It looks like a little alligator on the tail of his mother. Surprising photo

Nikon said...

Well, Tog beat me to it :)
Can we share the prize money?

Nathalie said...

Sorry Tog got it wrong. Yes it's best if the photo comes with the lizard because it explains it all. These are lizard eggs, which the female you see here just laid. It takes all of five weeks to the female lizard to lay them, one a day, starting from a stem on a tree branch. After the process she is so exhausted she has lost half her weight. She will die soon after. The baby lizards will start hatching from their eggs four weeks later, in the same order they were laid. Isn't nature fascinating?

Jilly said...

Nathalie's quite right. Actually I remember those lizard eggs when I was in Avignon - you see they are native to only two places in the world, strangely enough - Avignon in France and Naples in Florida. Quite a coincidence that, but as the eminent Professor I.M.A.Gecko recently wrote, 'Lizards would rule the world if they didn't die giving birth,' and how right he was.

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Isabella,
Great shot, but I hate that animal, i think it a snake? Or a "hagedis" Thats a dutch word don't know the english name sorry.

I also posted some more about Paris....

See you:)

oldmanlincoln said...

It really looks like something you might see if you pulled the white sheet back in anatomy class.

Kate said...

Isabella, based on what I just wrote to you offline, Abraham's comment is hilarious!!

Gwen said...

The lizard (all Florida lizards, too) is really quite cute. :)

ulysse said...

I think like Sonia that it could be seeds from a pine tree ?

Hyde DP said...

I don't even know the differenc between a lizard and a gecko xept i know how to spell lizard - well it seems yiour quiz is easier than mine was 40 comments and no right answer but Britney Spear's wig - chance would be a fine thing!

Peter said...

I have no idea, but obviously two commentators give a precise answer... unfortunatley completely different!

Nikon said...

According to Wikipedia, all of the parts of the plant are poisonous to humans and animals!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamia_furfuracea

freefalling said...

Looks a bit like a Banksia cone.
The leaves look like Banksia leaves too.
Nathalie had me totally convinced!

isabella said...

Well, once again, TOG saved the day...since I had no idea what the plant was called! I just posted it purely for it's shock value ;-)

So, it is a Cardboard Plant. How prosaic...I prefer Me's "aliens" idea (believe me, there are quite a few of them in Naples!) and love Nathalie's, confirmed by Jilly, theory of the lizard eggs. Especially since Nikon found out about its deadly properties - that would explain why the lizard would die soon...

As always, thanks to all for playing along...
Special thanks to TOG!

Ming the Merciless said...

It looks like the seed pods of some tropical plant. But I have no idea which plant it is.