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How the prairie differs from the mountain

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Snow-on-the-praire; click for greater detail.

Yesterday’s post showed a lush snow-on-the-prairie, Euphorbia bicolor, its lushness due to a pond on whose banks it and some others of its species grew, including the one shown here. If you compare this photograph to the picture of snow-on-the-mountain posted on August 28, you’ll see that snow-on-the-prairie has longer and narrower bracts; its regular leaves are likewise more elongated, and they’re also softer and fuzzier. Recall that the flowers are the inconspicuous little yellow-green structures at the center of each white “collar.”

For more information about snow-on-the-mountain, including a clickable map showing where the species grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 21, 2011 at 6:01 AM

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  1. […] had several posts about snow-on-the-prairie and snow-on-the-mountain, two similar species of Euphorbia whose common names refer to the […]

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