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Jimsonweed fruit forming

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Jimsonweed fruit forming; click for greater detail.

And this is what the strange fruit of jimsonweed, Datura wrightii, is like when it’s still forming. Looks like green flames, don’t you think?

For more information about Datura wrightii, including a state-clickable map showing the many places in the United States where this plant grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 27, 2011 at 5:22 AM

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  1. great picture, you’re right it does look like green flames on a lilly pad 🙂

    Simply Snapped

    October 27, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    • I’ll credit your imagination for the addition of the lily pad. Knowing that this is a land plant, I never thought of that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2011 at 6:28 AM

  2. lol why thank you 🙂

    Simply Snapped

    October 27, 2011 at 7:47 AM

  3. What intrigues me is how each stage of the plant differs so radically from the others. The bud, the blossom and now this forming-fruit would make a terrific triptych, with the green bud and fruit framing the white flower. I’d call it “Beauty and the Beasts”, myself.


    October 27, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    • But the beastliest of the botanical beasts is yet to come (he said teasingly), so your triptych may need to be expanded to a tetraptych. We’ll see how you feel about that next time. Oh, and there’ll be a tangential opening for a pentaptych as well, thanks to a beastly, i.e. predatory, member of the animal kingdom that will conclude the sequence.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2011 at 8:49 AM

  4. I think it looks like an alien spaceship or life-form. I look forward to seeing the next stage.

    Angelina Reese

    October 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    • That’s good: I hadn’t thought about a flying saucer. The next stage is even better, or maybe I should say more alien.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2011 at 11:34 AM

  5. […] • the plant’s strange fruit as it begins to form. […]

  6. When I see something like this up close, I’m always amazed at the fragility, and yet they survive the elements time and time again.


    October 31, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    • Your point is well taken. How some of these seemingly delicate things survive is a mystery.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 31, 2011 at 9:58 PM

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