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Giliastrum incisum

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Giliastrum incisum Flower 6879

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The morning of April 8 was breezy and overcast, so when I found a tiny wildflower at the edge of Floral Park Drive, I was hard pressed for enough light to take pictures. Not wanting to add the glare of flash, I raised my camera’s ISO to 4000, higher than I’d ever gone before. You can detect some graininess in the background greenery, but the photograph came out pretty well.

The wildflower was tiny, barely over a quarter of an inch in diameter. I didn’t recognize it, but I consulted with Joe Marcus at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and he got me into the right genus. The flower turns out to be Giliastrum incisum, known as cut-leaf gilia, and it normally grows to only about a third of an inch across. Today marks the debut in these pages of this tiny wildflower.

To see the counties in Texas and New Mexico where this species has been reported, you can consult the state-clickable map at the USDA.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 4, 2013 at 6:17 AM

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