Saturday, May 05, 2007

Paw Paw, Asimina triloba

Have you ever eaten a paw paw? This native tree and fruit is also called "poor man's banana" because of its yellowish fruit. Paw Paws are actually the fruits of the paw paw tree. Right now, the paw paw is blooming here in central Ohio. After Megan and I were done jumping, we spotted a clump of this tree along a stream terrace right next to the Olentangy river. What a cool flower this plant has! Three petals, brown, and downward pointing. I'm guessing the flowers attract things like flies, although that is entirely speculation. I wanted to get a picture of an individual flower. Most of the flowers were at least ten feet of the ground, but this specimen was right at eye level and made for the perfect picture.
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