Monday, April 5, 2010

Wistera (American)

Wild hedge smothering


Wisteria (American Wisteria)

These are file photos from years past, however, I just saw the yearly avalanche of Wisteria that drape a hedge row near the junction of Interstate-430 and I-630 in Little Rock, AR (USA) -- and seem to hang around for a week before disappearing into a purple rain.

(Note: as obsrved now for several weeks, our Spring this year, 2010 is about a week behind the last several.)

As lovely as they are, the wisteria vine is not always welcome as it can smother trees and brush. Years ago I came across wisteria clusters that formed something of a Wisteria Falls, as clusters cascaded down a 40 foot tree.

Division: Magnoliophyta
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Wisteria
Species: W. frutescens

Guess what else is part of the Fabaceae family? (You may be suprised)

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