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Easter featherbushes.

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These only grow over easter, and in surprising spots at that.

So on Easter sunday, we were out and about, and saw lots of the elusive Easter featherbush. Finding the latin name was difficult, but I finally managed: it's Magicus ostrararicus.

They are extremely rare (I've never seen them in the wild before), so I took a few photos:

A mostly yellow one that has colonized a juniper:
[image:21427] Pic: Yellow-flowering Easter featherbush.

The multicolored ones were far more common. This one was the prettiest, as it was in full flower, in full sun:
[image:21429] Pic: Multicolored Easter featherbush.
[image:21431] Pic: Twigs of a multicolored Easter featherbush.
[image:21430] Pic: Habitat of the multicolored Easter featherbush.
As you can see from the habitat photo, this one had colonized a roadsign. Getting water through the metal must be difficult, but I expect the bush will manage - somehow.

There were featherbushes with other growths in them, too (brightly colored hanging eggs and such), but I didn't manage to take pics of any of them, sorry.

Comments

love those featherbushes! the wild ones are so colorful!

Glad you like'em, too!

Is there anything known about the geografical spread of these featherbrushes? I haven't seen them here in Belgium yet, but I think we do have another Magicus sp. here, which has multicolored eggs, but only rarely some feathers in it (Magicus ostrararicus subsp. ovoferus?).

Multicolored eggs but no feathers? Fascinating, that's not found up here. Perhaps your Easter featherbush can't take our long winters?

I must admit you had me going for a minute or so...I even searched Google for "Magicus ostrararicus"...



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