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.


  1. Interesting! and unique – pretty, too!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 28, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    • They really have a unique flower. It must be efficient because they are very hard to get rid of.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  2. Seeing the beauty in Leafy Spurge, that is a bit of mind-bender. Goes to show that everything has some measure of intrinsic beauty.


    Comment by Radd Icenoggle — May 28, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    • The flowers are small enough and plain enough that I doubt anyone would cultivate them (fortunately). With enough magnification though they are quite interesting.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

  3. Is it the same as Hellebore? We have a version of that growing at the front and back of our house. They are pretty (and look very similar) but they smell horrible!

    Great photos!


    Comment by absurdoldbird — May 28, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    • ‘m not familiar with Hellebore, but they don’t appear to be related.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

  4. Yep, Spurge is pretty but not good to have around. Similar problems with those Star and Bull Thistles in the West.

    Here in TN, I am having fits about the Vetch and the wild Dewberries (edible but small and not too easy to eat and those brambles are difficult).


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 28, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    • In our local area we have thistles as well as vetch, but I haven’t seen them in large enough quantities yet to be a big problem. I understand that there are lots of effort being put into controlling the spurge.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  5. I am crazy for the lighting on these.


    Comment by burstmode — May 28, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    • The light was very difficult because it was dark and raining and I didn’t have a tripod. After some experimenting these were taken with the on-camera flash with some compensation.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  6. This is quite general here. The flower against black background is great looking. Lovely photo.


    Comment by sartenada — May 29, 2010 @ 2:53 am

    • I guess this plant is all over the world now. Interesting flower though.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  7. The raindrops were a bonus as if jewels. What great captures so clear with detail. I especially like the first photo with the delicate yellow flower in the middle.


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 29, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    • I think of raindrops as a bonus to. An umbrella is always part of my hiking equipment and I hike in the rain whenever I get a chance. It allows another dimension.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  8. It sound like the garlic mustard we have here. I’ve never seen it and hope I never do…though the flower is pretty in your photos at least!


    Comment by kateri — May 29, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    • If you have not seen this, you are lucky. I know little about garlic mustard, but I can bet you don’t want both! There is a lot of the spurge along the river below our house and I’m afraid it will spread as a result of the river.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

  9. The droplets do make them look especially pretty.


    Comment by Candace — May 29, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

    • They do! I think pure drops of water stimulate some kind of value instinct in us because we know how vital water is.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

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