Saturday, March 17, 2012

Aeonium cyclops , red succulent





In warm Auckland, many gardens have rock gardens where there are succulent plants.
This beautiful tall succulent has rosettes of dark reddish-bronze leaves on stems

Aeoniums are members of the Crassulaceae, a huge family of succulents that include many other popular and commonly grown succulents, including some that look a lot like Aeoniums. Echeverias in particular are often confused with Aeoniums and there are several other rosette-like succulents (eg. Dudleyas, Graptopetalums, Pachyverias and Graptoverias). One thing that sets t these plants apart is the way their leaves attach to the stem- they are wrapped around the stem with a fibrous attachment so that when a leaf is pulled away, the stem is intact with only a transverse line showing where the leaf was attached. The other rosette Crassulaceas have succulent attachments and their being pulled off the stem leaves a divot in the stem.

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Last Monday, I went to my doctor for my flu vaccination, and came back with almost the whole shebang of things done. The most important of which is the smear test. She said I had it last done three years ago, and it was time again.

In New Zealand, not all women want this done, especially the ethnic women. There is a fear of going. Women is like the red succulent, strong but if you don't take care of yourselves, nobody will take care of us, and your family will lose someone they depend on.

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1. What is a cervical smear test and how is it done?

Cervical screening aims to detect abnormal changes to the cervix (the nechttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifk of the uterus or womb) before they can develop into cancer. Safe and effective treatment for pre-cancerous lesions detected by screening will prevent progression to cancer. When you have your smear you will be asked to lie on your side or your back with your knees bent up. The lower part of your body will be covered with a sheet. The smear taker gently opens the vagina with a plastic or metal speculum and carefully sweeps a sample of cells from the surface of the cervix with a thin broom or brush. It takes only a few minutes to take the smear. Some women may find the test a little uncomfortable. The test sample is either smeared onto a glass slide or placed in a liquid. It is then sent to a laboratory approved by the NCSP.

12 comments:

Carletta said...

These are lovely Ann!
I especially like the deep burgandy color of the rosettes. They do look like flowers.

Cheryl said...

Very pretty. Love the rich colors.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful!

Regards and best wishes

Bridget Larsen said...

I have family in Auckland. thanks for your comments about my flat cookies lol, I shall try that next time.

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Karin M. said...

Wow .... beautiful shots, fantastic photo work ...
Greetings Karin.

NixBlog said...

These are stunning plants, Ann. We have them growing in our garden and the dark colour of the rosettes of leaves are always eye-catching.

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SquirrelQueen said...

I love all types of succulents but this is one I have never seen before. The deep reddish color is just beautiful.

Lui said...

Oh what clean clear shots, Ann!

Re: cancer. The difficult part about cancer is the accepted slash and burn method which eliminates the lesion and not the cause. I saw some cancer patients undergo intensive cleaning (purging) and revitalized with natural vitamins which allowed their body to eliminate intruders (cancers and viruses) the natural way!

I did volunteer work (using art) as healing) with people on the brink of death and survived!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful, not seen this before.

Luna Miranda said...

this is an amazing plant. i haven't seen one in this color before. great shots.

Ewa said...

wow, very impresive, I don't think I've seen one of them over here :)

The Japanese Redneck said...

I luv it. Adds a lot of great color to the garden.