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Nutant, not mutant

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From the present participle of the Latin verb nutare, which means ‘to nod,’ comes the fancy adjective nutant. Botanists use it to describe a bud like that of greenthread (Thelesperma filifolium), which typically droops. The stalk shown here had also uncharacteristically looped over itself and gotten caught, so how could I resist taking some pictures of it? I did my best to kneel in a place where I could line up the greenthread plant with a bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) beyond it. This March 18th portrait comes from the same mixed wildflower colony at Mopac and Braker Lane that you saw last time.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 23, 2020 at 4:49 AM

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