Wednesday, January 27, 2016

First blooms of Spring

Photo by Marty Horowitz 1/19/2016

My favorite mustards, Lace Pods (Thysanocarpus curvipes), are blooming - and fruiting. Click on photo for larger view and note the developing fruit still in the flower at the mid-point of the stem. Below are more fruits; above, more developing fruits in flowers; at the very top, flowers to be pollinated.

Photo by Marty Horowitz 1/19/2016

Borage family plants are also first bloomers in the Spring. This is one of the Cryptantha species. There are three in Sabino; they are difficult to tell apart - and the experts generally need the fruits to confirm the identity. We'll have to wait on that!

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