Snow-on-the-prairie flowers: an even closer view, sans spider
The last post mentioned that people who view the soft and fuzzy elongated bracts of snow-on-the-prairie from a distance sometimes mistake those distinctive upper leaves for petals. It also explained that the flowers of Euphorbia bicolor are nondescript little things that don’t include the surrounding outer “collar” of five white lobes or even the inner one of five pale green segments, both of which would seem to us to be flower parts. The flower in the previous picture, like the partially obscured one here, wasn’t open yet, but the two prominent ones seen in this photograph had opened to reveal a cluster of stamens. We humans may be confused about what constitutes a flower in this species, but nectar- and pollen-seeking insects aren’t.
Like the last photograph, I took this one on August 23 at Southeast Metropolitan Park.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman