I'm not sure what the plant is called, but it's certainly a very curious thing and possibly makes for an unusually subject matter.
After finishing, I realized there was a lot of sympathy in palette to an artist friend of mine Henry Isaacs. Must have been unknowingly channeling his colors. Henry is an east coast artist and we hang together in a gallery in Virginia.
Across the bay (Monterey CA)
24X36 Acrylic on cradled panel