Speaking of elbows
Speaking of elbows, which I did yesterday morning as frivolously as I dragged in arithmetic that afternoon, here are a number of emerging flowers on an elbowbush, Forestiera pubescens, that I found along one of the trails at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on February 3. Elbowbush regularly begins flowering here in February, but even for this species the 3rd of the month is on the early side. While the early bird may get the worm, this plant gets no worms, but more to the point not even any petals; so if you’re at a party sometime soon and stumble into a heated discussion about whether all flowers have petals, you can become the center of attention by stating authoritatively that elbowbush flowers don’t have petals.
To see the places in the southwestern quadrant of the United States (considered as if Alaska and Hawaii didn’t exist) where this species grows, you can check out the state-clickable map at the USDA website.
© 2013 Steven Schwartzman