Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Nature Photo - Paw Paws
The paw paws are blooming now. They have such a striking presence in the pastures. When I was a kid my parents would go to the Ordway-Swisher Preserve for my mom's Masters research on Opuntia pollination, and the first little way along the road was covered with pawpaws - quite a sight when they were in bloom, but even better, I thought, when the fruit was ripe.
Paw paws are actually toxic to grazing animals, but since we have a lot of other plants and we don't pressure the pastures so much, we haven't had any problems with them. I think they might be beetle pollinated, because they are always covered with different beetles.