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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Really Little to Say Day

Becca spins six times . . .
The flowering plant pictured in the last image here is commonly referred to as "Mexican Bird-of-Paradise" in the Chihuahuan Desert, but it is not related to true birds of paradise (genus Strelitzia).  "Our" Bird-of-Paradise is a plant native to tropical areas of Argentina and Uruguay, and has adapted quite readily to Texas, New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest.  The seed pods of the plant explode when ripe during hot weather and propel the seeds into the environment.  All parts of the plant are poisonous, so I remove them from our area before the period of projectile reproduction.
. . . before plopping down

Caesalpinia gilliesii (called Mexican Bird-of-Paradise) in our backyard


Scott said...

Those stamens are quite something!

packrat said...

They are, Scott, and when in full blossom the flowers are quite stunning.

Dr. K said...

The exploding seed pods can be pretty startling.

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