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Lindheimer’s senna pods on prickly pear

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Lindheimer's Senna Pods on Prickly Pear Pad 0881

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It’s not unusual in nature to find things outside their normal places (assuming we can even say what a normal place for something in nature is). When I went walking through some undeveloped land in my neighborhood on February 13th I noticed these dry Lindheimer’s senna pods, Senna lindheimeriana, caught on the edge of a prickly pear cactus pad, Opuntia engelmannii. Notice how the curve of the two closest pods approximately follows the curve of the prickly pear pad’s edge.

If you’re not familiar with glochids (pronounced glow-kids), which are the tiny spines that appear in clumps here, you can read about them in this article. If you’re not familiar with having any of them in your skin, you’re fortunate.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 4, 2014 at 5:55 AM

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