Thursday, February 26, 2015

My favorite Mustards

Spring (i.e., February and March) in Sabino Canyon means plants in the Mustard family (Brassicaceae) are blooming. Plants in this family generally have small (sometimes very tiny) four-petaled flowers. Flowers - and, of course, the subsequent fruits - are arranged in a spiral-staircase pattern around the stem. You can see this pattern well on the two examples below. 

Photos by Ned Harris 2/16/2015

Lace Pod Mustard (aka Fringe Pod Mustard) (Thysanocarpus curvipes) bears intricate fruits. Take a closer look and be amazed.

Jewel Flower (aka Silverbells) (Streptanthus carinatus ssp arizonicus) is blooming now. Head out and take a look!

Big thanks to Ned for taking photos whenever I point!

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