Accidentally Gulliver

Title page of first edition of Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift. From Wikimedia Commons. This image is in the public domain because it's copyright has expired.

I know that I have been remiss in posting and blog crawling, lately.  I went away.  I went on a holiday.

Let me tell you about it. Let me tell you about an accidental adventure that I had.

In order to get away from it all, I decided to go on a cruise.  I think that my love of travel stems from the sense of adventure that I got from reading books as a child.  One of my favorite books was "Gulliver's Travels.  It was purely accidental that my daughter brought along the book "Gulliver's Travels" and left it in my cabin. 

There was not much else to do on the first day because of a sudden storm outside so I decided to read the book again.  

The storm had not yet cleared off, and the weather was very thick, the wind coming in furious squalls that drove the ship along at great speed, when suddenly from the lookout man came a wild cry—"Breakers ahead!"

But so close had the vessel come to the rocks before they were seen through the thick driving spray, that immediately, with, a heavy plunge, she crashed into the reef, and split her bows.

I swam till no strength or feeling was left in my arms and legs.  Still I struggled on, utterly spent, until at last, in a part where the wind seemed to have less force, and the seas swept over me less furiously, it was accidental that I let down my legs and found that I was within my depth.  I had reached dry land.  I staggered forward but a little distance, and then, on the short, soft turf, sank down exhausted and slept.

When I woke, the sun was shining, and I tried to rise; but not by any means could I stir hand or foot. I had fallen asleep lying on my back, and now I found that my arms and legs were tightly fastened to the ground. Across my body were numbers of thin but strong cords, and even my hair, which had miraculously reappeared after all these years and had grown during this ordeal, was pegged down so securely that I could not turn my head.  

All round about me there was a confused sound of voices, but I could see nothing except the sky, and the sun shone so hot and fierce into my eyes that I could scarcely keep them open.

Could it be?  Had I accidentally reached the fabled Kingdom of Lilliput? 

It would take too much time to give you a detailed account of the events that took place.  Everything is small in Liliiput including plants.

The plant featured in this post is truly Lilliputian, the Ananas comosus var. ananassoides.

Ananas comosus var. ananassoides (taken 19 Sept 2011)I first showed it to you on this blog last August as part of Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.  It was NOID at that time.  This red inflorescence is known as the "red heart" stage.

Fruit (taken 14 August 2011)Flowers started to come out of the inflorescence.  The pink and purple tufts are flowers.  Not only flowers started to show, but it's top or crown as well.

Flowers and crown (taken 6 September 2011)The flowers withered and dried up but the crown still kept on growing . . .

Fruit with growing crown (taken 19 September 2011). . . and growing.....but not much.  

Fruit and crown (taken 01 November 2011)Doesn't it remind you of something?  The similarity in appearance is not accidental.  It is a pineapple.  The A. comosus var. ananassoides is a bromeliad, specifically a pineapple, that is native to Bolivia, Brazil and Costa Rica.  It is also known as the Cerrado pineapple and is supposed to be edible although I dare not eat it.  The plant is monocarpic after all and I'd rather collect the seeds. But the most amazing characteristic of this plant is its size. It's is so small that its fruit is just a little bigger than a cherry. In trade, it is popularly known as the "Mini Pineapple Plant" and by no means is this accidental.

Here is a view of the crown from the top.

In the following picture, you see its leaves arranged in a rosette.  The older leaves are located near the base of the plant and the younger leaves are more central.  Notice the spines along the leaf edges.  I came across a Brazilian plant blog that has a post about a place in Brazil, Lagoa Santa - Minas Gerais, banning this plant in public.  Was it brought on by the number of people who would hurt themselves when they brushed agains the plant, even if only accidental?  No law like that in Lilliput, I tell you.

My A. comosus receives full sunlight and is watered daily.  No special care is needed.

Latest picture of the whole plant. (November 2011)

Did this plant come from Lilliput?  I think so and I know just the person who brought this plant to our world.





This post is my entry to this week's Macro Monday and GWGT's W4W.


Garden Walk, Garden Talk's Word 4 Wednesday is ACCIDENTAL.  The use of this word and its derivative 9 times in this post was intentional and not accidental (10 times) at all.  :-D 



 1 happening by chance, unintentionally, or unexpectedly : a verdict of accidental death | the damage might have been accidental.

 2 incidental; subsidiary : the location is accidental and contributes nothing to the tension between the characters in the poem.

 3 Philosophy (in Aristotelian thought) relating to or denoting propertiesthat are not essential to a thing's nature.

DERIVATIVES  :accidentally |ˈadverb

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