One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Podophyllum hexandrum: hey, it's just a rotting fruit on a declining plant,
But the morning sun lit it up along the road and it seemed beautiful to me. It must be the heat!
This is a close relative of our own native Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. It grows from India to China at lower elevations in the Himalayas, forming large colonies. The fruit is supposed to be edible and tasty but I didn't come upon this one till it was past it's prime.