Sexual identity and fluidity in maple flowers — now on display across much of the eastern United States
Thanks Bryan. How I love those tiny early red flowers welcoming us to another spring. M.
This is so fascinating! It’s mostly evergreens where I live, but we did plant a couple maples in the yard a few years ago. I’ll be looking lore closely at them.
Thank you for spotlighting the Red Maple flowers, and teaching us about their interesting poly aspects, which I didn’t know. They’re my favorite part of early spring. Yesterday here in DC the red maple flowers, which are in a riot here right now, were vibrating scarlet against the bright blue sky. I point them out to people at every opportunity.
Back at home in Maine I am seeing the breasts of male pheasants and the entire plumage of the male cardinals burnished and glowing.....for the ladies. The big maple in the neighbor’s yard was covered with snow but the ends of the twigs are swollen and ready for action.