9 responses to “Euonymus planipes”

  1. Margaret-Rae Davis

    This euonymus is by far the most beautiful. The colours in the flower and seed pod are wonderful to see. What great photography. It seems each day I am learning more and more.
    Thank you, Margaret-Rae

  2. Carol

    I am curious. I get your e-mail every day and check the site every day. There are often posts about the plant already. How is that possible if the photos were just posted? By the way, that Euonymus is certainly spectacular. I love seeing the beautiful photography on your site. Kudos to everyone.
    Carol

  3. Beverley

    Euonymus planipes – Z4 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Euonymus planipes – Z5-9 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  4. Joe

    Any guesses as to the reason for such a big fleshy red fruit if only the arils are intended to be eaten? It seems like an awfully large energy expenditure for its seemingly small benefit to seed success.

  5. Michael F

    Probably something to make it visible to birds from a long distance – actually, it’s a saving on energy, as the inedible outer part is using less energy than making the whole thing edible. So it is cheating on the birds a bit, making them think they’re heading for a larger prize than they actually get.

  6. Joe

    Yea, I see what you mean, though it seems to me that just making some simple sugars would be cheaper than packing it full of cardiotoxins and alkaloids. But I guess you play with the hand that evolution deals you, whether or not it you want it.

  7. Andrea

    Actually you want your seed to be kind of toxic but not too toxic, because “kind of” will ensure not too many fruits are eaten at once, and that they will be passed (one way or the other) quickly, in an area not too far from the parent plant (likely still suitable habitat). Hollies and ivies, nightshades, and I think many cotoneasters, are also known for this strategy.
    You can see abstracts (and first pages):
    http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0003-0147(199709)150%3A3%3C346%3ASMOFVF%3E2.0.CO%3B2-%23#abstract
    http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0003-0147%28199812%29152%3A6%3C905%3ASMIFFA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-4&size=LARGE&origin=JSTOR-enlargePage

  8. Joe

    Many mistletoes are known for that strategy too right?

  9. Jeff Weiss

    Is this plant invasive in the US Midwest? Several mature trees seem to be the seed source for 000’s of small shoots. E. planipes seems to be competing with E. fortunei as one of the most aggressive plants at the site.

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