Weekly Photo Challenge: Numbers #2 (Ninebark)

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For my second Numbers WPC post, I decided to go with a photo of a beautiful native riparian shrub called Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus).  This species is called ninebark because there are 9 layers of shreddy bark on the stems (which remind me of light and dark brown strips from a peeled potato).  Ninebark can grow up to 12 feet tall and its white flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.  In contrast, beavers (and other mammals) tend to avoid eating its stems, at least in large quantities, because the bark acts as a laxative (this would bring new meaning to the expression ‘busy as a beaver’!).  You can see the reddish, inflated bunches of fruit on display at the top left which give ninebark its genus name of Physocarpus, Greek for ‘bladder fruit.’  They prefer wet, open spaces along streams and lakes, providing understory shade to cool the water and roots to stabilize the bank and filter out pollutants.

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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22 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Numbers #2 (Ninebark)

  1. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Still Another Photoblog.

  2. looks like a small tree we have here called wineberry

  3. tybeetabby says:

    Very nice and different take on the challenge.

  4. Amy says:

    Great idea for the challenge theme, Tyler! Love it! 🙂

  5. Miriam says:

    What an interesting plant Tyler. And love your original take on the theme this week.

  6. Wonderful, the photo and learning about the plant!

  7. JANE says:

    Well done, Tyler! I enjoyed your narrative and learned new facts about a species that makes itself at home along our little riparian zone here at Glencoe Swale. I too am reblogging this one. Thank you, Jane

  8. JANE says:

    Reblogged this on Friends of Glencoe Swale and commented:
    Please enjoy this post from a fellow Oregonian who loves to wander and wonder about beautiful nature spaces. This post caught my attention because he shares interesting facts about Pacific Ninebark… a native plant that grows along Glencoe Swale.

    • Thank you for your kind words and for re-blogging my post, Jane! Much appreciated, my friend 🙂 Keep up the great work on your blog…very inspiring!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  9. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Never heard of it. Really pretty!

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