Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Prairie flameleaf sumac buds

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In the last post you saw a photograph from 2007 showing primarily the flowers of prairie flameleaf sumac, Rhus lanceolata. The reason I’d gone through my archives for a picture of those flowers is that I wanted to give you a three-part look at the species that would show stages earlier than the best-known one in which its leaves turn bright colors. Here, from August 9 of this year on the western edge of my Great Hills neighborhood, is a slightly earlier stage than that of the flowers from last time; in this view the buds were fresh and none of them had opened yet.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

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  1. After all this time, I think I’ve finally identified a group of some of the prettiest Texas trees I’ve ever seen. About three years ago I was on a trip out to Lost Maples, and came across this on Ranch Road 337. I couldn’t get any closer because of fencing, but I’ve always wondered what it was. Now, I think I know. If I get out there again this fall, I’ll see if I can’t confirm the ID.


    September 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    • Good luck on the confirmation. I don’t know if you have a telephoto lens, but that would help.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

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