Portraits of Wildflowers

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Archive for March 3rd, 2012

Sunflower seed head remains

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On February 21st I went out to a sumpy place I know on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin. It was there, in the late spring of 2011, even in that year of the dreadful drought, that I found a thriving colony of wild sunflowers, Helianthus annuus. Now, some eight months later, I found their remains—or what remained of their remains—and this time there was some water in the sump that had been dry the last time I visited.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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March 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Spiderwort flower center

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Okay, let’s make a clean sweep of it: here’s a picture showing the center of a fully open spiderwort flower I found outside the Austin Nature Center on February 22. Notice the masculine vanity in this member of the genus Tradescantia: six feathery purple stamens, each capped with a bright yellow anther. It isn’t only in the world of birds that the males show off.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 3, 2012 at 5:42 AM

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