Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On the wild side

Flowers © Ned Harris, Fruit © 2016 T. Beth Kinsey

Wild Cotton (Gossypium thurberi) flowers are white when new, turn pick when old. Either way, though, they are lovely monsoon/post-monsoon blooms. The fruit, when ripe, bursts open. Note two divisions in each of the pieces above. The sparse cotton fibers were never harvested for clothing by native peoples, but this plant is, of course, genetically related to our Pima Cotton.

Tomorrow, three spheres...

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