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An autumn delight that’s not brightly colored

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Poverty Weed Turned Fluffy 8801

In central Texas we don’t have brightly colored fall foliage on a grand scale, and what little there is hasn’t appeared yet this year. One fall display we have had, though, is the soft one put on by poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta. You caught a glimpse of that in a recent post in which the tufts of an “old man’s beard” vine partly masked the not-yet-fully-fluffy ones of poverty weed, so here’s an unobstructed view of the latter fully developed on November 4th in the greenbelt adjacent to Great Hills Park.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, points 18 and 19 in About My Techniques apply to this photograph.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 16, 2015 at 5:27 AM

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  1. A while back, I decided I’d found Baccharis halimifolia instead of B.neglecta. Now, our plants are back in bloom. After looking at the shape of the leaves and the sheath around the flowers (purple in B. halimifolia), they’re clearly the poverty weed you show here.

    You may have mentioned this and I missed it, but part of my confusion with this plant had to do with differences between the male and female plants. They’re shown together in a photo on this page. It seems that what I found next to the showy female plants I photographed weren’t a different species at all. They were male poverty weeds. Amazing.


    November 16, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    • It’s another case of “Vive la différence!” Botanists use the technical term dioecious (‘two households’) for a species in which male and female reproductive organs are on separate plants. You may have heard me say that in a case like this one a friend of mine introduces the two as Mr. Tree and Mrs. Tree.

      That’s an informative article you linked to, and readers can find out much more about poverty weed from it than is mentioned here. One thing I hadn’t realized (or remembered) is that there may be as many as 450 species of Baccharis in the world.

      The only B. halimifolia I think I’ve encountered was in Okalahoma two years ago:


      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2015 at 7:21 AM

  2. Our world has many faces, all of them quite interesting and quite beautiful.


    November 16, 2015 at 10:11 AM

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