Saturday, March 4, 2017

SRGV Blossoming Up

Spring is coming to SRGV earlier than the past years we've been here. At Estero Llando Grande State Rick Snyder leads a plant walk every Thursday.  At first I went there so I would know what tree birders were talking about when siting a Warbler or some such creature. Now I can name many trees with beautiful blossoms.  One of the most unusual plant is the Bailey's Ball Moss with orchid like flowers coming out high in the host tree.  The flowers are surprisingly hard to see. 

                The Palo Verde  has bright yellow flower with orange stamines.  I love their green branches.

                The Remata is another tree with very similar small bright yellow flowers
 The Mequite has large catkins for flowers that Gunnar is checking out.

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