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Blue mistflower at Hamilton Pool Preserve

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Conoclinium coelestinum Flowers 4391

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Something else I saw during my August 19th visit to Hamilton Pool Preserve was this “blue” mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum. That common name is yet another example of how widely some people’s color sense can vary (or go astray, as my eyes see things). And speaking of common names, mistflower, which applies to relatives of this species as well, comes from the fact that the many little “threads” emanating from these flower heads make them look hazy or misty when seen from a distance.

You may be surprised to learn that this species is in the sunflower family, even though its flowers don’t look like sunflowers or asters or daisies. Conoclinium is in the tribe (i.e. branch) of the sunflower family called Eupatorieae—and who but a biologist would make up a word with four consecutive vowels in it?

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 12, 2013 at 5:50 AM

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