This Wild Poinsettia (Poinsettia cyathophora) was a bright surprise today at the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary.  At first glance, the flower appears to have red petals. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll find the actual flowers are tiny yellow florets surrounded by red-splashed bracts (modified leaves). Which makes Paintedleaf a very accurate common name. And yes, it is a native relative of the colorful plant that decorates many homes for the holidays.

Categories: Nature Notes

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