This interesting plant with yellow-green flower bracts is a non-succulent Euphorbia (same genus as poinsettia) native to the Mediterranean region. It is drought-tolerant and grows well in Southern California. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 158mm, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 800, open shade, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    Beautiful work

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Wow, looks amazing. Beautiful capture and tones.

  • Thank you so much, Joy! I was fascinated with this plant when I saw it, but it had no ID tag. Turns out it was a “volunteer,” and one of the gardeners at the botanic garden was able to identify it for me. I’m so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anaa
    Anaaover 2 years ago

    awesome capture :)

  • Thank you so much for a wonderful comment, Anaa!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    A fascinating plant – one would never guess that its cousin is a poinsettia!

  • Thanks so much, Bette! Your reaction is similar to mine. I thought the plant was so very interesting and so took many photos, including an overall one of the entire thing (since I had not a clue what it was). When one of the gardeners was able to identify it for me, I was so surprised that it was a Euphorbia, as the name always makes me think of the spiny Euphorbia milii (classic Crown of Thorns succulent plant). I always forget that poinsettia is also of the genus (Euphorbia pulcherrima).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured Celeste. Wonderful detail and colour!

  • Thank you, Sharon! I thought it was an unusual and pretty plant – glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    Celeste, the clarity you have achieved here is wonderful…viewed large I could almost reach out and touch this festive little plant..

  • Thanks very much, Katherine! It’s such a simple capture, so I’m glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Beautiful plant, great pattern of leaves. I like the up close shot!

  • Thank you, Cindy! It’s a bit unusual, which is probably why I was so attracted to it. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    A very interesting plant, Celeste. So beautifully done…love those greens.

  • Thank you, Eby! Yes, the greens are really appealing in this plant!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnetteHoll
    AnnetteHollover 2 years ago

    beautiful image Celeste of one of my favourite plants !

  • Thank you very much, Annette! You’re the first (other than the gardener at my local botanic garden) who actually recognizes the plant. It’s a fascinating plant for sure!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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