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Photo #1121 – 12.10.11

Persian Silk Tree Stamen

The Persian silk tree, commonly referred to as a mimosa tree, has some pretty neat flower structures that form white and pink puffs of these long filaments.  The tree is native to eastern Asia and is an invasive species here in the eastern U.S., although it may still be available from nurseries as an ornamental shrub despite its invasive behavior.  From these pink puffs, to fern-like leaves, to big seed pods, the Persian silk tree is full of interesting features that set it apart from most native trees in the area.


4 responses

  1. Reminds me of that beautiful “otherworldly” tree in the movie Avatar

    December 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

    • I can definitely see the resemblance! It is certainly exotic looking.

      December 17, 2011 at 10:21 am

  2. Thanks for pointing out that this tree, though pretty, is an alien invasive.

    Steve Schwartzman

    December 17, 2011 at 7:56 am

    • It certainly is pretty, especially when the entire tree is full of these blossoms! Even the leaves and seed pods are neat, but it is still an invasive species that can crowd out native plants.

      December 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

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