For weeks now I have been watching them, begging the phrase 'a watched bud never blooms' - now, here they are.
Bursting out like new stars.
Magnolia stellata, the star magnolia, is closely related to the Kobushi Magnolia - and some consider it a variety/cultivar of Magnolia kobus.
Kobus is a Genus of mammals, african antelopes, that have curved, ridged horns. (Kobus from the african Koba).
Could the star magnolia's close relative be named kobus because as the flower emerges, it looks similar to the curved horns of the antelope?
Tomorrow I need to get an image of a flower that has just emerged, and place it here. An image of a set of horns perhaps?
I spent a few hours this afternoon in the laboratory, helping with the isolation of bacteria from the samples collected this week in Puerto Rico. The lab is filled with plates like the one to the left, agar plates covered in bacterial colonies - each with a plate ID as well as a number. Each sample we collected has a plate like this one - and each of these numbered isolates will be streaked until the colonies are pure, and then grown and cryopreserved for further studies, including phylogenetic analysis to determine 'what' the bacterial isolate is most closely related to.
The week after a sampling trip is always a busy one.
I think I need to sign her up, to sign us up, for an obedience class. I think she is too funny when she is bad, and I need some serious training.