Scouting my yard for a photo of the day, I noticed my Candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) is finally starting to bloom. Yea! I was worried it wouldn’t bloom this year but several stalks are filled with blooms right now. The flowers are so small most people don’t even notice them when they pass the plant. To reveal its complexities, I used a Canon 100mm Macro lens. Who knew! CLICK HERE to read about this plant’s interesting properties.
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Perfect example of a cyathium (google it for an explanation). The green bit is the ovary, with the stigma above (well, below in this case). Together they make up the female flower. I see two male flowers, each with two anthers, shedding pollen. I was wrong yesterday when I said that both the red and white parts are glands: the red part is the gland, the white part is called an appendage to the gland. Or just appendage .
Thanks for the continuing Education, Steve! One of the photo tips I meant to mention with this image is to try to capture a flower when it’s freshly open and before the pollen is gone. Sure makes a difference.
Cool. I have this plant but didn’t have an ID for it. Thanks!