Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:31 am
asakiyume: (glowing grass)
[personal profile] asakiyume
The Ashley reservoir is now one of my go-to places to take people when they visit. I took my old college friend and her husband there, and learned that the water-loving plant that I had thought looked very mangrove-y is buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), which grows up and down the Atlantic coast and as far inland as the Mississippi, and is indeed a species in the mangrove biome!


button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Yesterday I took [personal profile] osprey_archer there (and we read aloud to each other--so much fun), and lo and behold, the buttonbush was in bloom! I didn't have a camera, so she obliged me with a photo:

Buttonbush in flower, by [personal profile] osprey_archer

The flowers look like how pollen looks under a scanning electron microscope:

Buttonbush flowers....

buttonbush flowers

Pollen, much magnified:


Or, um... like an influenza virus...


It smells nice, though, and bees and butterflies love it. AS DO I.

Date: 2017-07-23 02:02 pm (UTC)
amaebi: (unity in diversity)
From: [personal profile] amaebi

Date: 2017-07-23 02:11 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Pretties! :o)

Date: 2017-07-23 03:04 pm (UTC)
queenoftheskies: queenoftheskies (Default)
From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
That is so cool. I'd love to see one in person!

The spikes remind me a little bit of century plant flowers. Bees LOVE those like crazy.

Date: 2017-07-23 07:50 pm (UTC)
pameladean: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pameladean
So improbable! I've seen it blooming once in southern Minnesota, but it's not common here. Pollinators were all over it and so were some odonates, hunting the tinier pollinators. The photographer I was with spent about an hour in the bush's vicinity.


Date: 2017-07-23 11:09 pm (UTC)
osprey_archer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] osprey_archer
Yes! They do look exactly like pollen! I'm not sure if that was in my mind when we were looking at them, but they look like something that ought to be visible only through a microscope.

Date: 2017-07-24 03:05 am (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Buttonbush flowers....

Those are great!

I like that you have an eye for the mangrove.

Date: 2017-07-24 01:44 pm (UTC)
missroserose: (Default)
From: [personal profile] missroserose
It's one of my favorite things about the universe that matter organizes itself according to similar principles whether on a microscopic or the macro-est of macroscopic scales. "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing." Everything is connected; sometimes I wonder if we're all just quarks going about our daily business, and our entire galaxy nothing but a molecule in another being's world.

Date: 2017-07-24 01:52 pm (UTC)
missroserose: (Default)
From: [personal profile] missroserose
Confession: I stole it from Wiktionary, which tells me it is the earliest known record of the principle of "as above, so below". Apparently it's from the Hermetic Corpus, the 2nd and 3rd century AD texts that form the basis of Hermeticism. And now I have a Wikipedia article to read. :)

Date: 2017-07-24 02:07 pm (UTC)
missroserose: (Default)
From: [personal profile] missroserose
Ooo. I hadn't thought about it in terms of chosen behavior, but that's a fascinating concept! Probably links in with the eternal struggle of order versus chaos, structure versus entropy, etc.

(I feel like I'm simultaneously not smart enough and not high enough to be having this conversation, haha.)

Date: 2017-07-25 11:51 am (UTC)
gale_storm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gale_storm
...or like Pinhead from Clive Barker films. o.O

But, yeah, buttonbush flowers do look like lots of other things, too!

Date: 2017-07-25 02:50 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (sea turtle 01 (totaldevotion))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
and is indeed a species in the mangrove biome!

This isn't a plant I know, and it looks (well, the buttonbush looks) really neat. ^_^

(Also, I just subscribed to you, so this is doubling as a "hello!" comment.)

Date: 2017-07-26 01:55 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (ocean 01)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Oh, yay! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit here. ^_^ This is generally an excellent time of year for coming to Nova Scotia, so good call.

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