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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Mimosa stamens

Mimosa stamens

Pink, perfumed...and invasive!

A mimosa tree blooms in June, as seen along the East Decatur Greenway, in Decatur, Georgia, on 1 June 2019.

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About the Mimosa

Albizia julibrissin is known by a wide variety of common names, such as Persian silk tree or pink siris. It is also called Lenkoran acacia or bastard tamarind, though it is not too closely related to either genus. The species is usually called 'silk tree' or 'mimosa' in the United States. The leaves of the tree slowly close during the night and during periods of rain, the leaflets bowing downward; thus its modern Persian name shabkhosb, means 'night sleeper.' In Japan, its common names are nemunoki, nemurinoki, and nenenoki which all mean 'sleeping tree.'
Wikipedia.

Originally brought to the U.S. as an ornamental tree, the mimosa tree has escaped gardens and pushed its way into natural areas that should be preserved for native plants. With its ability to reproduce vigorously and with only one natural enemy to keep it in check (Fusarium wilt), it has spread unchecked across the South. It is considered a non-native invasive weed.
Walter Reeves: Georgia Gardener.

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  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today, except, perhaps, for the champagne-cocktail name of the tree!), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 23 of 52, for year 2019. See it on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
    • Lens: Canon 50mm ƒ/1.4 FD.
    • Settings: 50 mm | 1/13 | ISO 200 | f/5.6
    • Perpherals: 0.9 neutral density filter; Fotodiox adaptor.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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