Sunday, August 15, 2010

Epilobium densiflorum--Fireweed

This is fireweed. It looks nothing like Zauschneria, and I think it is awful that taxonomists have put them in the same genus. What are they thinking? This plant is a wimpy annual that colonizes after fires. The other is a graceful perennial. No comparison! In bloom now at the UC Botanical Garden. I caught it early, before it had bloomed, with morning dew. Actually kind of pretty!

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