Saturday, September 6, 2014

Home on the Range Ratany

Photos by Matt Ball 8/28/2014

Range Ratany (Krameria erecta) is in bloom! The flowers are even smaller than they appear; the magenta-colored outer 'petals' are really sepals. The flower is that light green and magenta part in the middle. These plants are partial parasites; they photosynthesize (note the green stems and leaves), but they also steal nutrients from nearby plants via their roots.

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