Cirsium Bacifera by choughton

Cirsium Bacifera

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Added: Apr 26, 2005
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This is an imaginary plant. Cirsium bacifera, commonly known as the Western Sparrow Berry, is not actually a berry-bearing plant, but it resembles one at a distance. Once the 'berries' give birth to the little purple flowers upon the tendril stalks, they turn to tiny seeds that the sparrows love to pluck. The florettes above are often eaten by small mammals, but they know better than to bite the spiky surface of the thistle itself.

Watercolor and Ink on Hot Press. 4x6.

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forestrogers's picture

It has an appealing 19th century botanist's journal feel...

Art at its best.