Friday, July 6, 2012

New word of the day

Photos by Ned Harris 6/19/2012

Although Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) is not native to this desert, it has naturalized and does well enough here, especially along the creek. The yellow tube flowers are interesting, and the fruits (stages of which you can see in the 2nd photo) are quite pretty (to me, anyway). I learned a new word when looking up info on this plant, namely: glaucous 1. Of a pale grayish or bluish green. 2. (Botany) Covered with a grayish, bluish, or whitish waxy coating or bloom that is easily rubbed off: glaucous leaves.

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