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A variety of winecup

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Callirhoe involucrata var. lineariloba 7490

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In addition to the standing winecup that you saw last time, we have a winecup that doesn’t stand so tall, Callirhoe involucrata, but which has similar-looking flowers. There’s also Callirhoe involucrata var. lineariloba, shown here, a naturally occurring variety that is mostly white but usually has a trace of violet in it, a pale reminder of the purplish red that is the normal color of the winecup. This photograph also shows you what the central column of a winecup looks like, regardless of the petals’ color.

Marshall Enquist reports that the white variety of the winecup is found in Kimble, Menard, and Williamson counties, but on May 17th I found this one a little outside Williamson County in far eastern Burnet County. As with the last three pictures, today’s comes from land along the entrance road to the Mahomet Cemetery.

By the way, I forgot to mention yesterday that winecups are small flowers, with a typical petal length of only about one inch (2.5 cm).

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 10, 2013 at 6:17 AM

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  1. Very pretty flower and great name. Probably one of my favourite pics/flowers so far.

    Lisa Vankula-Donovan

    June 10, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    • Thanks for letting me know, Lisa. Winecup is a great name, indeed, even if this variety doesn’t have much wine in the cup.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2013 at 6:44 AM

  2. As for “what the central column of a winecup looks like”– If you’re a Yankee, it looks like a hollyhock; if you’re a Southerner, it looks like an okra blossom; if you’re a Polynesian, it looks like a hibiscus,

    TEXena

    June 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    • It’s good of you to point out that all four of those plants are members of the mallow family, hence the structural resemblance.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 11, 2013 at 6:34 AM

  3. The first thing I noticed is how clearly the blue and the purple are differentiated. No color confusion here! And that’s interesting about all of those being in the mallow family. The hibiscus is the first thing that came to mind when I saw this photo, even though the flower’s name was right there in front of me.

    shoreacres

    June 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    • Ah yes, yes, yes, the eternal blue versus purple debate, this time played out with a mellow mallow as protagonist.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      • Every winecup on our farm is pure white (we are located just north of Lake Texoma in Grayson County) although in other areas around the lake I have found the purple variety. Could the color difference be due to the alkalinity of the soil?

        Laura Weisberg

        June 14, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        • Wow, I’m surprised to hear that you have white winecups that far north. I’m afraid I’m no botanist, so I don’t know if the whiteness has anything to do with the alkalinity of the soil; perhaps a botanist at a Texas university would know. In any case, thanks for reporting your situation. I expect you enjoy seeing your white winecups, especially mixed with the purple ones.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM


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