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Author Topic: Any Botanists Out There?  (Read 1594 times)
manowar422
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« on: October 16, 2005, 09:46:39 PM »

I need help to identify this plant/tree please.



It's growing just outside the door to the office/warehouse
where I work, but it's NOT a part of the original landscape.

It has been blooming here in Dallas for about 3 weeks
now, and has thousands of tiny flowers that smell very sweet.

It has a thick & dark woody trunk, which has been cut back
to the ground last year. The trunk grew close (horizontally)
to the ground and all this years new growth is pale green.

It’s funny, but until I started keeping bees, I never noticed
any bees foraging on the flowers before this year.

Does anyone have any guesses as to what it’s name is?
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2005, 11:51:39 PM »

How about a close-up of flower and leaves.

My guess is:

http://www.saguaro-juniper.com/i_and_i/trees&shrubs/desert_broom/desert_broom.html
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2005, 12:26:49 PM »

Seems to be popular plant
http://www.altavista.com/image/results?q=Baccharis+sarothroides&mik=photo&mik=graphic&mip=all&mis=all&miwxh=all
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manowar422
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2005, 06:40:03 PM »

I picked out the one that was most clear. If this one’s not good enough,
I’ll take some more and post them too. I know everything is big
in Texas, but this is a normal size bee. wink
Thanks for your help Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2005, 12:37:47 AM »

Sure looks like Finsky and I were correct. Desert broom (Baccharis sarothroides).
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12+ hives and 15+ nucs
No chemicals -- no treatments of any kind, EVER.
manowar422
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2005, 11:22:36 PM »

Thanks fellas Smiley

Joseph,
Do you have alot of this plant growing in your area?

My bees (and others) were all over this stuff when it
started blooming.

I wonder if it makes good honey?
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2005, 01:58:11 AM »

Yes, it's fairly common. Buds on mine are just about to open. One thing I dislike about it is the seed are disbursed via silk, like milkweed and for a few weeks it gets on and into everything.
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12+ hives and 15+ nucs
No chemicals -- no treatments of any kind, EVER.
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