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Archive for October 19th, 2012

Not spring but fall

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This may look like the kind of dense floral display Texas is famous for in the spring, but the photograph dates from October 5, when I found a few acres on E. Oltorf St. largely covered with bitterweed, Helenium amarum var. amarum, whose flowers provide the bright yellow so conspicuous in today’s photograph. (The last time you saw that species was during its first appearance in this blog, where it served as a backdrop to some snow-on-the-mountain.)

The land shown here seems to have been overgrazed or otherwise abused, and that lack of care likely led to the taking over of the field by several native species that specialize in encroachment. One of those, in addition to bitterweed, is the honey mesquite tree, Prosopis glandulosa, some very young ones of which you see in the center of the picture. This marks that species’ debut in these pages.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 19, 2012 at 6:18 AM

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