This long fruit is how this species got its name.

Perhaps not so obvious at this stage as it is more hairy than bloody, but as it matures the red hues will appear and the hairs become less prominent. In fact this species has the most amazing colors in its foliage as it prepares for the winter, and even during leaner times as in droughts, it will wither colorfully.

When it has matured fully and the seeds have become ready for dispersal, this beak, or more scientifically the schizocarp, will open up to what appears like a dried flower. It is perhaps the best possible adaptation for developing, ripening and dispersing seeds, but to the human eye it is an intricate and incredibly beautiful construction.

Elevation: 9 meters

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 s

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