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Snapdragon vine

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Snapdragon Vine Flower 4521

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Here’s a closeup of a snapdragon vine, Maurandella antirrhiniflora, that I photographed on the grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin on August 20. These mouths always remind me of flowers, or is it the other way around?

The snapdragon vine grows primarily in the Southwest but has also been found in Maryland and Florida. For more details on location, you can consult the state-clickable map at the website of the USDA.

Other members of the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort family, that you’ve seen here include Texas toadflax, prairie agalinis, cenizo, and—perhaps best known of all—Indian paintbrush.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 28, 2013 at 6:02 AM

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  1. I see a mouth with four teeth! That’s one flower with personality… 😀


    September 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

  2. nice capture!


    September 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    • Thank you. I should have added that these flowers are rather small, less than an inch across.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

  3. Great Macro of Snapdragon………


    September 28, 2013 at 9:06 AM

  4. Gorgeous !!


    September 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM

  5. I have a deep fondness for snapdragons, including the vining type. But Steve, this reminds me of “Little House of Horrors” – the plant that cried “feed me, I’m hungry!”


    September 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    • Fortunately, no harm would come to you if you put a finger into that “mouth.” The horror is all in the imagination.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

  6. Really gorgeous. The color is so rich. I like how the creamy teeth stand up and contrast with the purple.

    Jim in IA

    September 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    • Now there’s a novel phrase: creamy teeth. Like you, I like their contrast with the rich purple.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

  7. The recent vulture post you had prompted me to get this video this morning. We took our grand daughter (9) to the local dam to watch the dozens of them preparing for their day of soaring. This was just after sunrise. They sit on the rocks and wait for the sun and thermals to be just right. Here they are testing. http://youtu.be/rkCnszVyeK4

    Jim in IA

    September 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

  8. I didn’t realize there was a variety of snapdragon that vines. I’ve known it only as the garden flower. As kids, we used to delight in picking individual blossoms, then squeezing them to make the “mouth” open and close. And people wonder how we survived without i-gadgets.

    I’ve never seen a purple garden snapdragon. The color’s gorgeous.


    September 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    • With me it’s almost always the reverse: the natives give me a little knowledge about the cultivated varieties. From what I’ve read, the garden snapdragons are in the same family but a different genus, Antirrhinum, which is echoed in the species name of the wild snapdragon vine. The opening and closing of the “mouths” when someone squeezes the flowers in these plants led to the name snapdragon, presumably because the mouth looks fearsome.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

  9. What a grin! 😉


    September 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

  10. Reminds a bit of wild ginger. 🙂

    Steve Gingold

    September 29, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    • I can see why this snapdragon vine flower reminds you of your wild ginger, which lives up to your description of “a gaping maw of death.” Readers, go take a look.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM

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