Sunday, 30 May 2010

Papilionaceous

It's that brief period when the Black Locust (or False Acacia) bursts into flower, and this unelegant and rather shapeless tree is suddenly strikingly beautiful - and fragrant. Those pea-like flowers, hanging down in long loose racemes, are described in botanical terms as 'papilionaceous' - yes, butterfly-shaped - no wonder I like them so much.

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