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Poverty weed tufts

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A couple of weeks ago you saw some flowering poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta, both from afar and closer up. Now you get to see how the female flowers turn into silky tufts that in the 1800s reminded people of little paintbrushes and earned the plant the name pencil bush (because the word pencil originally designated an artist’s paintbrush). If you noticed a little bit of orange color peeking through at the left, it’s from a lady beetle.

This view is from October 19th alongside the Arbor Walk pond in north-central Austin.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 7, 2012 at 6:22 AM

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  1. Wonderful detail, Steve! And more etymology that I didn’t know before – always a pleasure to read your posts.


    November 7, 2012 at 6:57 AM

  2. […] here’s a still later stage in the life of poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta, when the tufts of the previous picture have given way to seed-bearing fluff that gets dispersed by the wind. Notice the little […]

  3. That’s really pretty stuff! New to my eyes.


    November 8, 2012 at 11:54 PM

  4. […] appearances in these pages of poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta, have highlighted the flowers and tufts and fluff that grace our central Texas autumns. Now, with the last picture and this one, both from […]

  5. […] sunflowers (for example climbing hempvine, marsh fleabane, shrubby boneset, purple mistflower, and poverty weed). Enough already, you say? Hey, I’m only the messenger; that’s just the way things are […]

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