Sometimes plants do strange things. They don’t grow the way you expect them to grow. Some cacti species are very vunerable for influences of their environment and shape themselves into a cristate and with a cristate you never know how it develops. These pictures are of a Mammillaria specie in our garden.
White Milkwood (Sideroxylon inerme) occur mainly in coastal areas in Southern Africa and they tend to grow with the wind.
Here a few along the ‘Wandelpad’ (hiking trail) in our village.