Montana Outdoors

May 27, 2010

A different view

Filed under: Environment, Montana, Nature — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:43 pm

Known mostly to be a poisonous, noxious Eurasian invader and a serious threat to rangeland in the northwest, it’s not entirely without esthetic appeal when viewed closely. (The raindrops were a bonus.)

Leafy SpurgeLeafy spurge, Euphorbia esula

Leafy SpurgeLeafy spurge, Euphorbia esula

Spurge flowers are interesting because what at first appears to be a small, green flower with a yellowish tint is actually a bract that encloses a cluster of several male flowers and one female flower. The male flowers each consist of a single stamen, the female of a stalked pistil: none have petals or sepals.

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