Texas yellow star
The current flag of Texas and Texas state seal include a white, five-pointed star, but in 1836 the first national flag of the Republic of Texas had a yellow five-pointed star on it. That accords with the wildflower shown here, Lindheimera texana, known not coincidentally as Texas star, Texas yellow star, and also, though starlessly, a Lindheimer daisy. While most daisies have varying numbers of rays, this species always has five.
Posted on this date last year: a different yellowness, that of a gorgeous colony of sunflowers on the Blackland Prairie in far northeast Austin. The folded-down ray on one of the sunflowers was most likely the handiwork of a spider.
The daily posts that you’ve become accustomed to will continue while I’m away from Austin. Feel free to comment if you’d like, but please be aware that it may be a while before I can respond.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman