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In some plant species, the buds in a spike open into flowers at the end of the spike first and proceed toward the base. For other species the reverse is true. In the previous post, which showed you some kidneywood flowers, you may have noticed that a few of the flowers near the base looked as if they were just beginning to turn yellow and wilt, while those above were fresh. The implication is that kidneywood buds begin opening at the base of the spike and proceed upwards, and this new picture that shows partly open buds above fully open flowers is evidence of it.

While making that point, I’ve given you the bonus of a Mitoura grynea, known as a juniper hairstreak or olive hairstreak butterfly. Notice how the false antennae at the butterfly’s rear act as a decoy: better to lose a chunk of hind wing to a predator and still be able to fly away than to have your head bitten off.

This photograph is from September 6 in the Bull Creek greenbelt.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 22, 2012 at 6:14 AM

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