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Red, white

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The last two posts have presented what is either Chamaesyce hypericifolia or Chamaesyce nutans. Yesterday you saw a detailed view of the plant’s richly colored fruits. Today, concluding this three-part weed-dispelling series, I’d like to show you a closeup of one of the plant’s stems. Like so many members of the Euphorbiaceae or spurge family, this one has in it a white latex that emerges when the plant is bent, crushed, or broken. Not the milk of human kindness for those whose sensitive skin reacts to it, that latex, coolly white here against the dominant red of the stalk that it’s on and of others behind, is a drop that the minimalist photographer readily drinks in.

Today’s little adventure in red and white comes to you once again from 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

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 27, 2012 at 5:18 AM

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