Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shaving Brush Tree 3-15-12


Watching the flower of the Shaving Brush Tree 
(Pseudobombax ellipticum) is an adventure. At dusk
the buds begin to peel open as the sepals begin to 
fall away. They finally bloom fully in the complete dark 
and this can be seen only by flashlight. 

The blooms remain open for the rest of the night and naturally fall off the tree by the middle of the next day. Here is a fully opened shaving brush flower with its white stamen at 10:00 am the next day. The blooms end up on the ground by noon.The tree blooms for about a week or more.

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