Portraits of Wildflowers

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Prairie brazoria

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Here’s a moody picture of still another native wildflower you haven’t seen in these pages till now: it’s Warnockia (or Brazoria) scutellarioides, a member of the mint family known as prairie brazoria. I photographed this one on April 9 not on the prairie but in my Great Hills neighborhood in northwest Austin. The complementary daub of yellow in the background is from our old friend the four-nerve daisy, Tetraneuris linearifolia.


Posted on this day last year: an upward look at a pennant dragonfly against a clear blue sky.


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


Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 26, 2012 at 5:33 AM

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  1. Wunderschönes Foto!!


    June 26, 2012 at 7:18 AM

  2. Such a beautiful image!!!


    June 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    • I’m glad you find it beautiful, David. One more native wildflower to add to your viewing pleasure.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

  3. Very pretty blossom and an interesting shade of color.


    June 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    • For some reason I didn’t seem to notice this species in my area until a few years ago, but now I see it every spring in my local nature park and elsewhere. I’m glad I finally got tuned in to it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

  4. Both Nash Prairie and my favorite farmer’s market are in Brazoria County, and I’ve never once thought about the name, except to associate it with the Brazos River. I found this about the town of Brazoria, which is nestled in the center of the county: “Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, the city was founded in 1828 by Stephen F. Austin as one of his original settlements in Texas. Brazoria derives its name from the Spanish word abrazar, meaning embrace, which was the Brazos River’s original name.”

    There surely are a lot of Spanish-English word connections around here!


    June 27, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    • Texas is indeed a great place for Spanish-English word connections (thanks for the background on Brazoria), but I hadn’t even gotten out of Newark Airport the other day when I found myself talking in Spanish to a gypsy cab driver, bargaining for the price of a ride to Jersey City. I managed to save a good bit compared to what the high “official” price would have been.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

  5. […] 27th field trip to Bastrop State Park led by botanist Bill Carr. If you’d care to compare a kind of Brazoria I’m familiar with from Austin, you’re welcome to. Both species, which happen to be the only two in the genus, are endemic […]

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