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An Ipomopsis rubra bud

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Standing Cypress Bud Among Leaves 4045

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That’s right, an opening bud of Ipomopsis rubra, known as Texas plume or standing cypress. The plant does stand tall and erect, but it’s no cypress. Its finely dissected leaves are the plumes in the other common name.

I took this picture in Blunn Creek Nature Preserve in south Austin on June 13.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 27, 2013 at 6:11 AM

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  1. What a cool looking plant – nice shot


    June 27, 2013 at 6:17 AM

  2. Fascinating plant, great shot 🙂


    June 27, 2013 at 6:18 AM

  3. this is gorgeous! Your photography is always spot on!


    June 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    • And in this case I really did have a spot, a richly red one that I could play off against the more subdued color of the foliage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2013 at 7:25 AM

  4. Excellent image Steve!!!


    June 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

  5. Etonnant! la perfection..


    June 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

  6. Beautiful shot Steve! I love it!

    Michael Glover

    June 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM

  7. Seeing a stand of these was a highlight of my day up around the painted churches. It’s a beautiful photo – such a clear red. I’m most curious about those two long strands of red. Are those left over after the bloom? They remind me of honeysuckles after the petals have fallen.


    June 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    • Yes, those red strands are left over after the flowers fall off. The long, curving one at the right seemed like an ideal counterbalance to the condensed red of the bud. I’ve noticed that a couple other local wildflowers leave similar strands: foxglove (Penstemon cobaea) and wild petunia (Ruellia nudiflora). I’m glad you got see a stand of these, because I know how impressive a colony of them can be.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2013 at 8:34 PM

  8. What an amazing color!


    June 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

  9. I was struck by the contrast between the thick red bud and thin claw-like leaves (it even seems they have nails!). I googled images of the plant and wasn’t expecting anything like what I found. What a beautiful and interesting plant.


    June 28, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    • It’s good of you to have sought out photographs of the plant to see what happens after this early stage. In fact you anticipated me, as you know by now from the follow-up post and the link in it to a photograph from last year of a fully flowering stalk. This is indeed a beautiful and interesting plant.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

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