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Partridge pea against a blue sky

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Partridge Pea Flower 7140A

Another thing I saw beneath a clear sky on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin on the morning of September 12th was flowers of partridge pea, Chamaecrista fasciculata. The dark red markings near the base of some of the petals are a characteristic of this species, as is the inward curve of one petal. Also notice the yellow stripes on some of the maroon stamens.

To see the many places in the United States where partridge pea grows, you can consult the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 21, 2013 at 6:01 AM

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  1. Love those colors. Very striking!


    October 21, 2013 at 6:13 AM

  2. Lovely blue Texas sky! How big is this bloom?


    October 21, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    • I notice you’re often reminded of those Texas skies you lived with for so many years.

      Partridge pea flowers are rather small, at most about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 21, 2013 at 7:20 AM

  3. A handsome flower. I followed the link to see the map. Alas! No reports of them in the eastern counties of IA. Many in the western, tho.

    Jim in IA

    October 21, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    • “Go west, young man, go west.” I seem to remember at least one other time when a species shown in this blog was found to grow in western but not eastern Iowa. You can take these cases as incentives to travel.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM

  4. Stunning…love the light on the flower with the perfect blue sky as a backdrop!


    October 21, 2013 at 9:08 AM

  5. So perfect! ces trois couleurs se marient si bien et j’ai l’impression de le soleil est sur mon écran.
    Très émouvant ce petit oreiller de ton papa.
    Je ne reçois toujours pas les newsletters de wordpress, tout est pourtant bien coché, je désespère!
    bonne semaine Steve et ravie de ta visite.


    October 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    • I’m pleased that you find a piece of perfection in this pretty picture, cette photo ensoleillée.
      Même sans les newsletters de WordPress, Chantal, tu peux toujours venir voir ce qu’il y a de nouveau ici et ailleurs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

  6. This has to be a ‘wow’ – a floral Swedish flag 🙂


    October 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

  7. Gadzooks! That is some rich color, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    October 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

  8. As always, gorgeous! What fantastic color!

    Brenda Jones

    October 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

  9. Beautiful photography…LOVE IT!

    Landscape Design By Lee

    October 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    • Welcome to the world of nature in central Texas. I grew up on Long Island, but I learned about native plants here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

  10. Great DOF and detail on this one. I just got a copy of Ahmed Fayaz’s
    ‘Encyclopaedia of Tropical Plants”. Right now, for me this is one of the most comprehensive books on Flora. For Wildflowers I have Walter Kingsley Taylor’s “Florida Wildflowers”, and others by C.Ritchie Bell and Bryan J Taylor. I also have Roger L. Hammer books on wildflowers too. I started with Llamas’ book but it only covers ornamentals; Ahmed Fayaz is more comprehensive.

    M. Firpi

    October 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    • In this case f/14 provided the necessary depth of field.

      I’m not familiar with any of the books you mentioned, but I can see where they’d be helpful in your project of documenting tropical plants—especially the Fayaz, which I looked up online.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

  11. […] the way, the less-conspicuous yellow flowers in the lower part of the picture are partridge pea, Chamaecrista fasciculata, which you also recently saw, but up […]

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