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Gall on Common Milkweed Leaf 7886

At the risk of greening you out with a third post in a row that’s heavy on that color, here’s another view of common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, this time from Illinois Beach State Park on June 14. I no longer remember what cast the pleasantly undulating shadow on the left side of the leaf, but one lobe of that shadow worked to highlight the lone gall there.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

* We don’t normally stick a Latin-derived suffix on a native English word the way I’ve done with greenity, but some hybrids (for example outage) have entered our standard vocabulary. In searching the Internet now I see that I’m not the first person to come up with greenity.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 9, 2016 at 5:12 AM

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  1. Don’t worry about bringing us too much green. They’ll be warming and refreshing to look back on, come January. Keep them coming!


    August 9, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    • Glad to hear you don’t find the extended greenity galling. I won’t push my luck, though, and will add a different color next time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 9, 2016 at 9:21 AM

  2. Do you know who this reminds me of? No? Look at the leaf’s outline: smooth, chubby, curvy. Even I’m surprised by the association, but there it is. The leaf even has its gall, a parallel to the gooey leaf the Big Green Guy is munching on. Delightful!


    August 9, 2016 at 9:57 PM

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