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Loss of weediness

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Chamaesyce; click to see a larger and clearer view.

Yesterday’s post showed a view from several feet away of Chamaesyce hypericifolia or Chamaesyce nutans, in either case a plant that many people are likely to call a weed. But casting aside the adage that familiarity breeds contempt, I have to wonder whether a much closer look at this plant, which weedsayers almost never get to see in such detail, could fail to woo them into appreciators of plants like these. Who wouldn’t enjoy looking at these tiny fruits, only an eighth of an inch across, laid out so richly red against a sky of clear blue? Wouldn’t you?

Today’s colorful photograph from November 16, 2011, comes to you courtesy of the photographic playground known as the Mueller Greenway, a piece of the Blackland Prairie being restored on the east side of Austin. For more information about Chamaesyce hypericifolia, and to see a state-clickable map of the places across the southern United States where this species grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 26, 2012 at 5:09 AM

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