Frosted baby bluebonnet leaves

Frosted baby bluebonnet leaves on a chilly Kirby morning! An individual bluebonnet leaf is called a rosette and is composed of 5 leaflets that are arranged in a star shape. Each leaf is only about the size or diameter of a nickel at this point in the growing season. The leaflets are covered with lots of hairs now but will lose them by the time they mature in late March. One purpose of the hairs is likely shown in the photos: to keep ice crystals from direct contact with the leaf surface. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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