I stumbled upon this the other day while mindlessly flitting though my daily facebook clutter. Here’s the caption that came with it: La foto de este bonsái pertenece al álbum de Kodachi Ken Senshi. He’s from Willemstad, the capital city of Curaçao.
It looks like a shrunken down Juniper, but it’s not
It’s a Pilea microphylla. They got the microphylla part right for sure. Its common name is Artillery plant. It’s a tropical ground cover that grows on Curaçao (an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) which is where Kodanchi Ken Senshi lives.
Three Portulcaria afra (commonly called jade, but they’re not) and some ground covers on a rock. It’s a great rock and the overall feeling works. The way many of the nooks and crannies have been colonized by in-scale, small leafed ground covers (maybe it’s Pilea microphylla) creates a natural feel. The main tree fits the scale quite well, but the leaves on the other two Portulacaria seem a little large and clunky. With time and some judicious trimming, that’s easily corrected. Also by Kodachi Ken Senshi.
A rough hewn Caesalpinia coriaria (Didvi divi) Yamadori by Kodachi Ken Senshi. There’s a definite advantage to living in the tropics.
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