This week's photo comes from Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the Duke Campus in North Carolina. The above image is of the plant Thalictrum cooleyi, or Cooley's Meadow Rue, a now endangered species native to the wet bogs and savannahs of North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. This is a rare species of flowering plant in the buttercup family, endangered by habitat destruction and, oddly enough, human-maintained fire suppression. The plant requires sunlight and open spaces - a habitat usually maintained by occasional natural wildfires in the savannah, for example.
I love the translucent lining around the leaves!
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