Portraits of Wildflowers

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Flowery buttons

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Barbara's Buttons Flower Head 4786

The last post showed a developing flower head of Barbara’s buttons, Marshallia caespitosa. Now you get to see what the wildflower looks like when it becomes a “button” with a typical diameter of 1 to 1.4 inches. Note that all the florets are disk flowers; this species, though a member of the composite family, has no ray flowers. And I, who am a composite of many things, took this photograph at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on May 1, 2009.


Posted on this date last year: a group of bluebells seen from above.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

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  1. The florets are fascinating.


    June 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    • Your words made me think that botanists can replace the Gershwins’ “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” with “Fascinatin’ Florets.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      • LOL! The alliteration was, however, unintentional!


        June 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      • But you wrote it, so you might as well take credit for it.

        Speaking of alliteration, it occurs to me that if Dickens had been Darwin, he could have written a novel called not Little Dorrit but Little Floret.

        Steve Schwartzman

        June 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

  2. simply wonderful


    June 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    • Merci, Benoit. We have so many lovely wildflowers in Texas, as you’ve been able to see here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

  3. That’s perfect, nature at her beauteous best!

    Finn Holding

    June 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    • It’s hard to have a best here because we have so many great native species. They keep this blog in business.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 20, 2012 at 3:31 PM

  4. Nature could be imitating art, here – this lovely looks for all the world like a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture. Beautiful!


    June 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

  5. so many beautiful flowers in one!


    June 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

  6. What an intriguing flower head!


    June 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM

  7. I enjoyed, as I always do, watching flowers unfurl in your photographs. Your Barbara’s Buttons pairing is particularly fine.

    Susan Scheid

    June 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

  8. […] For a refresher on disk flowers and ray flowers, you can look back at the text from a few days ago. If you’d like to, you can also take a glance at a Barbara’s buttons flower head in a more advanced state of opening. […]

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