Portraits of Wildflowers

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Stickleaf

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What’s in a name? In this case, ambiguity. Mentzelia oligosperma is called stickleaf not because its leaves look like sticks, but because they stick to your clothing, flattening themselves and clinging to fabric so readily that it’s hard to get them off. The clinging nature of the leaves aside, the plant’s yellow-orange flowers are pretty, don’t you think? I photographed this one on the Brushy Creek Regional Trail in Williamson County—which was coincidentally the setting for the last two posts—on November 1.

For more information about Mentzelia oligosperma, including a state-clickable map showing the many places where the species grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 25, 2011 at 5:15 AM

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  1. You sure have some pretty wildflowers around there! I really enjoy your photos of them!

    montucky

    November 25, 2011 at 11:04 PM

  2. I do think they are very pretty, but not so sure about having them stick to my clothes. I am constantly amazed at the beautiful wildflowers in your posts.

    skip704

    November 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    • I’m glad you find this flower pretty, even if the plant’s leaves can be a nuisance. And yes, there are so many fascinating native species here that I never seem to run out of subjects for photographs. As you write in your About Me, and as I can say too: “…most days I have multiple pictures from which to choose just one.” I’m pleased that you’re pleased with the ones I’ve been posting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2011 at 5:18 PM


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