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Prairie flameleaf sumac buds

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In the last post you saw a photograph from 2007 showing primarily the flowers of prairie flameleaf sumac, Rhus lanceolata. The reason I’d gone through my archives for a picture of those flowers is that I wanted to give you a three-part look at the species that would show stages earlier than the best-known one in which its leaves turn bright colors. Here, from August 9 of this year on the western edge of my Great Hills neighborhood, is a slightly earlier stage than that of the flowers from last time; in this view the buds were fresh and none of them had opened yet.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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September 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Prairie flameleaf sumac flowers

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As you heard last time, I recently ended up in my photo archive from 2007, but I didn’t say what had taken me there: it was a search for a picture showing the flowers of prairie flameleaf sumac, Rhus lanceolata, whose colorful autumn leaves featured prominently in several posts last year, particularly one on December 11. As is characteristic of the sumacs, the plants’ flowers are tiny; in this species they’re only about an eighth of an inch across, but what they lack in size they make up for in numbers.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 25, 2012 at 6:12 AM

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