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A buttonbush flower globe

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It’s been a long time since I showed you a buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) flower globe, so here’s one from the edge of Bull Creek on 7/25. Throw in the 24 hours that made up that day, and you’ve got a 7-24-25 right triangle: 7 x 7 + 24 x 24 = 25 x 25. The arithmetic smells as fragrant as these flowers (and Google once again thinks that’s a unique statement).

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August 26, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Fruits in addition to flowers

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Silverleaf Nightshade Fruit 1323

It wasn’t only flowers I saw along Great Northern Blvd. on December 23 of last year, but also fruits, notably some from a silverleaf nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium. Clouds kept me from catching the Christmas full moon soon afterward, but I have this orb to show for that week.

If you’re reminded of a yellow cherry tomato, it’s because tomatoes are in the same botanical family as nightshades. Many plants in the nightshade family are poisonous, so early European colonists in the Americas originally refused to eat tomatoes. The fear of tomatoes continued in the colonies and back in Europe for a long time afterward. That set me to wondering whether anyone is still afraid of tomatoes.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 9, 2016 at 5:03 AM

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