Posts Tagged ‘seedpods’

Catalpa Mystery

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The seedpods on the catalpa tree can grow to up to 20 inches long, and in every which way but straight.

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I’ve racked my brain trying to come up with an explanation for this coiled seedpod.

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What were its growing conditions? If it grew around something, why isn’t it still around it?

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Maybe it’s the Jonathon Livingston Seagull of the catalpa pods.

Maple Watching

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The red maples didn’t look like they were blooming from a distance.

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Each tree had only had small portions beginning to flower.

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Flower on left, winged seedpods on right and leaf bud in the middle.

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The young seedpods measured a half-inch or so.

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Only one limb on one tree had leaves emerging.

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It should be a good week for “spring watching” with the daily temperatures to be in the 70’s.

Catalpa Seeds

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The clusters of 16-18 inch long seedpods

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  are quite noticeable on the catalpa tree.

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Wind disperses the thin, flat seeds. The lower seed flapped in the wind as I took pictures.

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The seeds stayed together in pods slow to open.

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Reluctant to turn loose and fly?

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I went out in the evening to take orb pictures, like I do a few times a week.

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The moon was three days from full and “hung” above the catalpa.

I Wonder …

I wonder if a spring and/or summer starts out dry and goes into a severe drought, if a plant might bloom but not use all of its buds at that time?

What else would explain a small group of flowers on this butterflyweed during first week of September? The plant bloomed in June, but didn’t produce any seedpods.

What would cause these seedpods to start growing when there had been no flowers blooming? Were the earlier flowers pollinated and ready to grow and develop, but the drought was to severe or heat to severe that the seeds wouldn’t have developed right?  (The pods started growing before the above flowers bloomed.)

So, does the plant or is the plant able to postpone in hopes of more conducive weather?