Portraits of Wildflowers

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Ludwigia capsule

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Ludwigia Capsule by Flower 1689

Oh yeah, and here’s what the distinctive seed “boxes” of Ludwigia octovalvis look like. This picture, like the last few, is from August 6th at a sumpy place I know on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin. To see the regions in the southeastern United States where this species grows, you can check out the USDA map.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman


I’m out of town for a while. Of course you’re welcome to leave comments, but please understand if it takes me longer than usual to respond.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 26, 2014 at 5:43 AM

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  1. Nice little hairy capsule and a very nice and warm background which also has a very nice background. Yellow and blue always make for a nice complementary combination.

    Steve Gingold

    September 26, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    • I didn’t think about the similarity to this color scheme yesterday (even though I knew this post would appear next) when I stopped along US 550 in northwestern New Mexico to photograph some red flowers (I have no idea yet what they are) with some yellow chamisa flowers behind them and a blue sky behind both. We certainly agree that yellow and blue make for a nice complementary combination.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 26, 2014 at 7:26 AM

  2. The capsule looks crinkly, like parchment, or like the oiled paper coverings that were used instead of glass in windows of prairie homes. But most of all, they remind me of our native ground cherries. I first saw the fruit in Kansas, but I had to wait until last summer to see the flower, here in our area. The color here is more appealing, though. I like the added warmth from the red.


    September 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    • To your impressions and associations I’ll add one of mine: if I rotate this picture 90° to the right, the red becomes a flaming torch.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 26, 2014 at 9:43 PM

  3. Have a grand time gallivanting! No need to reply to stuff; I’m always happy if I simply get the chance to come by and ogle some fantastic flora and fauna! 😀


    September 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    • No need, perhaps, but a desire, so here I am only a day late. That reminds me of daylight, and the fact that Arizona (where I am now) doesn’t jump into Daylight Saving Time in the spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 29, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      • I happen to think that Daylight Saving Time is a completely obsolete notion, thus far into the Age of Artificial Time, and would love if we could just go one way or t’other and stop there. But whatever the hour, wherever we are, I always appreciate your dedication to your correspondence! 🙂 K


        September 29, 2014 at 11:57 PM

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