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Green and black on yellow

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Yesterday you saw a closeup of the flowers and fruit of Croton capitatus var. lindheimeri, known as woolly croton because of the overall fuzziness of the plant. Another characteristic of it and a few other Croton species in central Texas is that some of their leaves tend to turn yellow or orange, but not necessarily because of cold. This woolly croton leaf had obviously turned a bright yellow, which drew my attention and led me to notice the katydid on it (at least I think that’s what kind of insect this is). Like the last picture, I took this one on a warm October 11 at Southeast Metropolitan Park.

To see the places in the south-central and southeastern United States where woolly croton grows, you can consult the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 4, 2012 at 6:14 AM

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  1. Der ist aber mutig 😉


    November 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    • Some of the translations that I find for the German word mutig are ‘brave, courageous, bold, valiant, plucky, spirited, heroic, gallant.’ In any case, I’m glad you liked the image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

  2. A very pretty contrast in colors. Kinda (Baylor colors). Sorry for the comparison. I just could not resist. I am not a fan of Baylor. I see that someone commented in German, I think. I am mostly German and speak about 10 words or so. Can you click on something by word press for translation?


    November 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

  3. Green and yellow probably reminds a lot of folks of “red touch yellow” and all that involves. I happened across a neat article that actually traces the source of that coral snake identification rhyme to a fellow named Jack Loticus in 1862.

    I think the combination of the green katydid and the yellow croton leaf is equally attractive and far less dangerous!


    November 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    • Definitely less dangerous. If anything, the poor katydid was somewhat afraid of my camera (and/or me) and at times tried to hide under the curled-up edge of the croton leaf that you can see at the lower left.

      The version of the snake rhyme I’ve heard has and rather than the more descriptive touch. Coral snakes may not be common in central Texas, but there definitely are some here. Of the venomous snakes, rattlesnakes are more numerous here, but they’re easy to identify, so I’m not aware of any ditty about them. Much more widespread than any snake is poison ivy, about which you may know the little adage that says “Leaves of three, let it be.” There are innocuous plants with three leaflets, too, but it’s better to err on the side of safety.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM

  4. […] the last post you saw the way a croton leaf can turn bright yellow (and be occupied by a bearer of green). Now here’s a detail of a no-longer-green leaf of the […]

  5. […] Park on October 30th during the same session that produced the recent pictures of wolly croton and a katydid. Note the bitterweed flowers in the background and the young mesquite trees at the upper left and […]

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