Aug. 26, 2019

Pineland three-seed mercury

Here's a wider shot that shows more of the mercury deal. Pistillate spike at the top, staminate ones lower. This species is considered an agricultural pest, but it can be beneficial. It is the favored place for spotted lady beetles to lay their eggs. The larvae drop off and crawl to corn plants, where they eat aphids. But you probably wouldn't want this among your soy. Pretty much everything in the spurge family is toxic. I told the farmer and some local ag services people what I found. Ag services didn't believe me, and thought I had seen marsh elder. Agg!