Mother Leaf

The other day I noticed a pot for a plant with familiar leaves on my way to a temple where my deceased father and mother used to visit often.

I asked the owner to give me one of the leaves.

More than five years ago I found a leaf in a variety goods shop.

The shop keeper told me that the leaf came from Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands) that consists of main four islands called Iwo island ( it became known as the movie "Letters from Iwo jima"), Nishi-no-island, Father island, and Mother island, which are located southern area .

She told me the name as well. It was Mother leaf.

I bought it (100yen per a leaf), and put it on water in a small tray as the shop keeper told me.

About one week later it started to have some thin roots like this photo shows.

And about another week later some baby leaves turned out at the edge of the Mother leaf.

The baby leaves and the roots grow fast, and the mother leaf will start to decade soon.

Before, when I bought the leaf and raised a baby leaf to a plant with a stem,(actually the baby leaf came to have some mother leaves on the stem), I failed to keep it during cold season. The plant seemed to be a sort of tropical one.

This time I'd like to raise it again and maintain the plant carefully during this winter.

I happened to see the plant in a cafe, so I revisited there with a camera.


They say there are many trees

with many Mother leaves

and it let me imagine the deep verdure

on Father island, on Mother island haricot

18 件のコメント:

Marc Sheffner さんのコメント...

Sweet. You make a poem and a little story out of an ordinary, every-day event. Suddenly, it is not ordinary.
("There are no ordinary moments.")

ruma さんのコメント...

Hello, haricot

I knew the leaf for the first time.
A mystery of the Nature seems to be hidden inward.

Thank you.

☆sapphire さんのコメント...

This is a lovely and very interesting post, haricot! I once tried to raise a mango from seed that I'd saved. Like you, I put the seed in the shallow water. It sprouted and grew for a while but unfortunately it died in winter. I should have kept it in a warmer place. Your leaf looks quite OK!!
Looking forward to seeing it again on your blog!! Love the last photo!


Celeste さんのコメント...

Salut Haricot,

Quel joli nom pour cette plante...

"Dans la nature rien ne se crée, rien ne se perd, tout se transforme."

Merci de votre amitié.
Bon weekend.Celeste

Jenny Woolf さんのコメント...

How fascinating, I have never seen anything like this. Thank you for introducing me to something quite new to me.

Jen of Country Weekend さんのコメント...

Haricot--such lovely post--very moving and beautiful and a little mysterious. Thank you.

stardust さんのコメント...

葉がミントンのプレートの模様と調和してきれいです。眺めるだけでとてもいい気分になります。この葉のことは初めて知りました。歌も素敵です。"There are many trees with many Mother Leaves.........." は、単に自然の営みだけでなく、比喩的に意味が深く、この歌全体がすばらしい理想の世界を表しているような気がします。


sarah さんのコメント...

I have seen a kind of this leaf. But It may not be sure. I think we called it "kanemochino-ki" or ....
Anyway I thought raising it up means having happy. But I couldn't raise it bigger than one certain size.
Thank you for a nice tanka as usual.

snowwhite さんのコメント...

Oh, mysterious!! The lives have many forms and ways to increase. And this form seems me like a magic. I am amazed with its uniqueness. How delicate the roots are and how cute the baby leaves are! It is sad the mother leaf gives life to her babies and decays soon.

Nita さんのコメント...


I came here to wish a good week.

Thank you enjoy my facebook.

A kiss.


Ekaterina Trayt さんのコメント...

Looks like Kalanchoe daigremontiana that I often saw as a houseplant in Moscow. Tried to find it in Finland but so far saw only other Kalanchoe varieties. Wikipedia says there're no males of this plant, they are all mothers.

cosmos さんのコメント...

マザーリーフはセイロンベンケイソウのことみたいですね。たまたま義兄がよく知らずに植え、花が咲かないのでだめなのかとほっておいたら2,3年目で花をつけたといって写真を送ってくれました。釣り鐘のように下向きにたくさん花をつけています。そういえば、たくさん小さな葉をつけている鉢植えを見たことがありますが、それだったんですね。haricotさんらしい、繊細で豊かな感性で父島 母島に想像力をめぐらせるポスト

haricot さんのコメント...


Thinking of your comment, I noticed that a series of moments in which we live is always new.
Thank you for your inspiring comment.


Thank you for your comment.
I'm also surprised the inward energy of the leaf.


It seems to maintain the naive plants during winter regardless of the species.
Thank you for your comment and for your experience.

haricot さんのコメント...


Merci pour votre commentaire et une belle phrase.
Ca me fait plaisir beaucoup.


I'm glad to be able to raise the leaf again. I seldom see the species around here.
Thank you for your comment.


Thank you for visiting my blog and having left your heartfull comment.

Olga さんのコメント...

I love the sequence of photos, and the final photo, where the plants are presented as a work of art.

haricot さんのコメント...






haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for visiting on my blog and left your kind comment.


Thank you very much for your information about this plant.
I've thought that it's a tropical, though I'm happy you had in Moscow, too.




Thank you very much your heartfull comment.

Ekaterina Trayt さんのコメント...

I'm sure it's tropical as it's always grown in pots inside houses in Russia. Winters in Moscow can be really cold sometimes. Once it was -35 degrees of frost, though that was an exception.