Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Flower power

Photo by Marty Horowitz 10/22/2015

This is Anoda (Anoda abutiloides) (i.e., Anoda that looks like Abutilon). There are two Anoda species in Sabino; and four Abutilon species (aka Indian Mallow). All of these are in the Mallow family. The flower here is typical of Mallow family flowers; 5 separate petals, sticking-out stamens. Anoda (and other Mallow family plants) have really taken off in the area above the dam. Hooray!

Photo by Marty Horowitz 11/2/2015

We saw more Desert Thorn Apple plants (Datura discolor) than we usually do on the first plant (and bird) walk of the season on 11/3/2015. This plant looks a lot like Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii). Click here to see both flowers, fully opened. Both are in the Nightshade family.

Photo by Marty Horowitz 11/2/2015

Note the still-green fruit [fruit = the thing with the seed(s)] of the Desert Thorn Apple in the lower left of the photo above. Contrast with the Sacred Datura fruits at the bottom of this post. Don't eat any part of these Datura species!!

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