Portraits of Wildflowers

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Two kinds of wildflowers

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Do you remember the lush wildflower meadow that appeared here on April 8? Prominent among the species pictured then was antelope-horns, Asclepias asperula, the most common milkweed in Austin; less conspicuously you saw some blackfoot daisies, Melampodium leucanthum. Now you get a closer look at both.

The blackfoot daisy in the foreground, though white, is called blackfoot because of its dark roots. Behind the daisy is a dome of antelope-horns milkweed flowers, each divided into five radially symmetric parts. Note the not-quite-open antelope-horns bud just to the left of the daisy, and another bud in the lower left. Also notice a few more blackfoot daisies in the background, including the one near the top of the frame that gives you a hint of the pattern on the underside of its white rays.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 19, 2012 at 5:28 AM

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  1. So beautiful! Thank you! Cheers!


    May 19, 2012 at 5:46 AM

  2. I love those antelope horns..the texture is so unusual!

    Just A Smidgen

    May 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    • I’m glad you’re fond of this milkweed, because in upcoming posts you’ll be getting a closer look at this phase and other phases in its life.

      I don’t think you were visiting this blog last summer, but you can see another local milkweed species that I featured then, wand milkweed. The two posts following that one also show wand milkweed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

  3. That’s a great photo… the more you look, the more you see!


    May 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    • True. I didn’t mention the spots of violet in the upper left, which might have been prairie verbena. The white at the left and right edges was probably a little wildflower with the strange name of corn-salad.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

  4. Very pretty…thanks for sharing and the education!


    May 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

  5. […] of Asclepias asperula, known as antelope-horns milkweed, open into the five-pronged flowers you saw a few posts back. Now here’s an even closer view, with no distractions, to show you the intricate structure of […]

  6. […] not far from home. The white “glow” surrounding this developing flower head is from a blackfoot daisy a little distance behind it. Who the Barbara was that Barbara’s buttons got named after […]

  7. So pretty…wish we had them here!


    June 24, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    • This morning I’m in Jersey City, New Jersey, and I’m pretty sure people here don’t have these two wildflowers, either. I wish you did.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2012 at 9:31 AM

  8. […] Melampodium leucanthum. The markings on the underside of the rays that you could barely discern last time are clear in this close view from […]

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