a huge bunch of flowers spring from a single slender stalk ... the leaves [are] set with gems of a strong and definite green – aspara purplish red, which throw out flashes of harsh, brilliant light like the scales of tartar that glitter on the inside of wine-casks.

translucent minerals that gleam with a glassy, sickly light and glint with fierce, sharp bursts of fire.

Against Nature, J.-K. Huysmans (London: Penguin 1959) pp.54-7

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