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A close look at some huisache flower globes

with 14 comments

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In contrast to the last view of a huisache, Acacia farnesiana, with a galaxy of flowers spread across it, here’s a close look at a few of the tree’s little flower globes. The typical diameter of a fully formed globe is from one-quarter to three-eighths of an inch (6mm–9mm). The flowers are very fragrant, but I still haven’t found a way to send you the scent over the Internet.

Like the previous picture, this one is from E. 51st St. on March 27th.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 21, 2015 at 12:51 PM

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  1. The scent would be a nice addition, but the rich color against the soft background will be sufficient. It is a beautiful flowering tree.


    April 21, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    • Yes it is, one of my favorites, and I wish there were even more of them in my area. i felt I owed you a closer look so you’d have the microcosm as well as the macrocosm of the previous image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

  2. The photo makes me want to reach up and touch the flower, so rich and vivid.


    April 21, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    • These flowers globes are soft, and once again I’m sorry I can’t give you a whiff of their aroma that’s as rich as their color.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM

  3. Love this little bundles of sunshine, a most marvelous shot!


    April 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    • That’s a great descriptive phrase: little bundles of sunshine. And highly scented sunshine, at that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM

  4. Beautiful photo.

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 21, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    • There was a breeze and I struggled to get several of these globes in focus at the same time, but you can see how luscious these flowers are.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2015 at 4:42 PM

  5. This is very similar to one I have been photographing this week – surely an acacia too, but mine has mini-bottle-brush shaped flowers. So pretty and so colourful! I will try and post some photos of it shortly.


    April 21, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    • We’ll look forward to your pictures of it, Jude, and hopefully an identification of the species as well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2015 at 7:47 PM

  6. They make me think “golden pomander.”


    April 23, 2015 at 5:57 AM

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