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catclaw brier

Mimosa nuttallii

Description:

This is a bright pink flower that was in the shape of a ball (it sat overnight before I took pics) It was found growing on what looks like a traveling vine, it has no leaves on the stem, but has small thorns the entire length of the stem. The buds that had not opened were approx. 3in long shaped like a pencil (long cylinder) and bright green. Looking online I found something similar, but the bloom looks a little different. Wondering if it is Emilia coccinea??

Habitat:

this was found along our creek among several dandelions on the high side of the hill, not by the water. There were only 7 blooms/buds on the plant and it was not seen anywhere else in the area.

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4 Comments

KristaHerman
KristaHerman 8 years ago

Anna is right it is a kind of mimosa, they are neat plants. They fold their leave when stroked or exposed to heat.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 8 years ago

LOL - great minds think alike. Sure looks like the trees in the story The Lorax were modeled after it. Very interesting spotting, and I would love to know the actual ID. Maybe one of the rangers can help ID it.

LauraSaenz
LauraSaenz 8 years ago

Mary, that is what we have been calling it "The Dr. Suess plant" I didn't know if it was a real plant or not. They are really neat to look at. I wish there were more.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 8 years ago

It looks like a Lorax tree ;) wonderful spotting and photos.
for those that may not be familiar with Lorax it is a Dr. Suess childrens' story and the trees in it, look just like this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lorax

LauraSaenz
Spotted by
LauraSaenz

Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 13, 2012
Submitted on Apr 13, 2012

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