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Pearl milkweed pod

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Pearl Milkweed Pod Split Open 2371

While walking along Bull Creek parallel to the east side of Loop 360 on August 8th I noticed a pearl milkweed vine (Matelea reticulata) with several pods, all of which had split open and were coming apart to about the same degree as this one.

In a recent post showing a feather we talked about iridescence: notice in today’s picture how some of the milkweed silk iridesces as it loosens its way out into the sunlight. Yes, the verb iridesce exists, even if it’s not common. There’s a time for the uncommon as well as for the commonplace. That said, milkweed pods releasing their contents always strike me as out of the ordinary.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 29, 2014 at 5:57 AM

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