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Antelope horns milkweed pod, seeds, and fluff

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Antelope-Horns Milkweed Pod and Loosened Fluff 6419

Here from February 1, 2013, are some seeds and fluff that I was surprised to find being released at that time of year from the pod of an antelope horns milkweed, Asclepias asperula, which is the most common milkweed in central Texas. What elegant chaos, don’t you think?

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 1, 2015 at 5:56 AM

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  1. “Elegant chaos” indeed. I want to reach into the picture and feel how soft they are.


    February 1, 2015 at 6:15 AM

  2. Some of the joyous ways Mother Nature spreads her seeds.


    February 1, 2015 at 7:10 AM

  3. “Elegant chaos” – a beautiful term.

    Thank you.

    Rana Sanders

    February 1, 2015 at 8:31 AM

  4. I think! This is really a lovely photo.


    February 1, 2015 at 9:38 AM

  5. “I think!’ you are onto something here


    February 1, 2015 at 9:49 AM

  6. Mlkweed has such wonderful seeds. It is too bad more folks don’t appreciate it and plant more to aid the Monarchs. What an interesting name. Are these as odorific as our common variety?

    Steve Gingold

    February 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM

  7. Very interesting and pretty…I love how you weave the elements in your image to create such a successful photo.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    February 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

  8. Yea! That means I can now scatter the seeds that I’ve been saving since Dec. Thanks, Steve!​

    Judy Turner

    February 1, 2015 at 7:49 PM

  9. Silky. Elegant.


    February 1, 2015 at 8:57 PM

  10. It’s either elegant chaos, or the chaotic end of a really bad cat fight. Those silky tufts look amazingly like tufts of fur combatants have pulled out of one another.

    I’ve never seen an antelope horn in bloom. Of course, I don’t remember ever seeing any milkweed bloom, except for the orange Asclepias tuberosa. I swear this year I’m going to get out and about earlier and find some of these beauties.


    February 1, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    • Context, context. For me this remains milkweed, but I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve sometimes come across chaotic masses of feathers on the ground, the result of a bird’s encounter with a predator.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2015 at 9:35 PM

  11. […] And a bit of biology, too: botanists have borrowed coma, the Latin form of Greek komē, to designate a tuft of hairs on a seed, as for example a milkweed seed. […]

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