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Kidneywood trees flowering

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By the beginning of September the kidneywood trees (Eysenhardtia texana) were flowering their heads off. The first view is from the appropriately named Floral Park Drive in my neighborhood on September 2. So’s the closeup below.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 25, 2016 at 5:01 AM

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  1. Love the close up.


    September 25, 2016 at 5:37 AM

    • Me too. I added the first photograph primarily as an informational image so people could get a sense of what the trees look like.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 25, 2016 at 7:44 AM

  2. Your previous posts answered my questions: yes, it’s fragrant, and no, it doesn’t grow in my area. I wish it did; the flowers are beautiful. According to the Wildflower Center site, the wood fluoresces in water. I had no idea what that meant, but I learned a new use for blacklights. Apparently, combining shavings or sawdust from kidneywood with water will produce the effect.


    September 25, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    • Science to the rescue! I don’t believe I’ve heard of ultraviolet fluorescence as a way to tell similar-looking kinds of wood apart. In the example, it’s interesting that the “black” locust is the one that emits light.

      One military use of aerial infrared photography is to distinguish real foliage from camouflage that is merely painted green

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  3. Thanks, for your quick response to my question yesterday about “docile” butterflies. I mentioned it to a friend (who also loves your posts) and she said “I was going to ask Jeanette (my butterfly friend in Utah) about something similar, because I watched a couple of yellow swallowtails, one divebombing the other (who was on the ground, and very occasionally flew off and then back) and it felt aggressive (sexual?) to me. 15 or 20 minutes later, they were both flying, definitely together, but couldn’t tell them apart to decide if they were just going somewhere else or one was chasing the other.”


    Paul McCormack

    September 25, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    • You’re welcome. I’ll confess I don’t know much about animals, so anything I say about them is tentative. I’ve sometimes noticed one squirrel chasing another one around on the trees outside my window. I thought it was a territorial thing, but someone assured me that the squirrels are just playing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 25, 2016 at 9:33 AM

  4. You keep coming up with all these new flowering plants that I’ve never heard of, and I’m starting to wonder if you’re making some of them up just to see how gullible some of us are. Well, OK, maybe not, and I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at all of the stuff I’ve not encountered before, as I know full well how much amazing diversity there is out there. It’s a good thing that we have specialists!


    September 25, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    • In 1999 I started work on a photographic CD-ROM (you don’t hear the ROM much anymore) of Austin and vicinity. In addition to buildings, monuments, historic sites, folk art, and other human things, I planned to include some pictures of the natural world for balance. As I began to look into that nature side, I was surprised at how many species of native plants we have here. I’m guessing there are at least 800, so it’s no wonder you keep seeing species here that you’re not familiar with.

      On April 1st some year maybe I’ll feel mischievous enough to follow up on your idea of sneaking in a non-existent plant.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 25, 2016 at 2:01 PM

      • Ooooh, I like that thought. That gives me time to come up with an imaginary countercritter, maybe something really exotic from New Zealand…


        September 26, 2016 at 9:58 AM

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