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Colorful clusters along a shallowly sinuous arc

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American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) alongside our house on September 2nd.



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I call to your attention David C. Geary’s well-researched September 1st article “The Ideological Refusal to Acknowledge Evolved Sex Differences.” The subhead is “Boys and girls are not infinitely malleable, socially constructed products of the patriarchy.” Here’s the article’s bottom line, which is to say its final paragraph:

The claims made in a virtual world of internet algorithms populated by ideological social media pundits, journalists, and gender studies professors contradicts common sense and rational analysis of real-world phenomena. This is a world of words and ideas fraught with wishes and desires that are not always tethered to reality, including many far-fetched beliefs about the number of sexes and the origins and malleability of any associated sex or gender differences. Much remains to be learned about these differences which leaves plenty of room for legitimate debate. But there is no scientific room for the nonsensical idea that boys and girls and men and women are infinitely malleable and merely socially constructed products of the patriarchy or some other social system.

You’re welcome to read the full article by David C. Geary, who is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at the University of Missouri.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 9, 2022 at 6:17 AM

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  1. Here is another plant I have seen before. It must be native to a more southern clime.

    Peter Klopp

    September 9, 2022 at 8:54 AM

  2. Although native in southern states, I checked and it does well here in zones 4/5 so I think this needs to be added to our yard. There’s a good reason they are called Beautyberry

    Steve Gingold

    September 9, 2022 at 5:08 PM

    • Good reason indeed. If you succeed in getting the americana to include Massachusetts, we’ll look forward to pictures in the years ahead.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 9, 2022 at 6:15 PM

  3. Nothing says ‘Texas autumn’ to me more than beautyberry and goldenrod. This surely is a healthy specimen; I suspect that being in your yard contributed to that. I’m always taken with the way the berries surround the leaves; the effect makes for an interesting photo.


    September 9, 2022 at 7:01 PM

    • The other day on the prairie I saw my first goldenrod buds for this year, and they were just about opening. The recent rains have definitely helped. In addition, you’re right about the beautyberry profiting from being in our yard, where sprinkler water reaches it. The way a leaf comes out of opposite sides of each fruit cluster sometimes makes photography difficult. You can see how leaves on the near side of the branch partially blocked parts of the fruit clusters.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 9, 2022 at 7:54 PM

  4. Hey, I got my first beautyberry this year! It is from the wild in Virginia, so is not a garden cultivar.


    September 10, 2022 at 1:50 AM

    • Happy magenta fruit to you. The leaves have a faint yet pleasant scent.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 10, 2022 at 5:54 AM

      • I am very pleased to have acquired them. They seem to be so familiar elsewhere, but I had never met them here.


        September 10, 2022 at 12:16 PM

        • I’d say that’s not surprising, given that the species is from the other side of the country.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 10, 2022 at 12:33 PM

          • Most gardening information is from the other side of the Country, where horticulture is taken more seriously.


            September 10, 2022 at 1:01 PM

  5. What a well-named plant, and a lovely photograph.


    September 10, 2022 at 11:24 AM

  6. Aptly named Steve … lovely shot


    September 16, 2022 at 3:07 PM

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