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A desert willow pod releasing its seeds

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Desert Willow Seeds in Split Pods 5487

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The desert willow tree, Chilopsis linearis, produces long, narrow pods that are initially green, as you saw last time, but that turn brown when sufficiently dry and split open to release the seeds inside. Notice the seeds’ silky fringes, which with the addition of wind let the seeds land farther from the tree than they otherwise would.

I photographed this desert willow on an August 30 visit to the restored prairie at what used to be Austin’s Mueller Airport.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

A desert willow pod

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Desert Willow Green Pod by Flowers 5472

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The desert willow, Chilopsis linearis, produces long, slender pods that might make you think this tree is in the bean family, but actually it’s in the same family as the catalpa, Bignoniaceae.

This abstract view showing the distal end of a fresh desert willow pod comes from an August 30th photo session on the restored prairie at Austin’s former Mueller Airport.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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