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A backlit four-nerve daisy flower head

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Tetraneuris linearifolia Flower Head Backlit 3202

The last two posts have shown a prairie fleabane, but a colony of a different kind of small daisy, Tetraneuris linearifolia, the four-nerve daisy, originally attracted me to the margin of Stonelake Blvd. on March 11th. This backlit view lets you look halfway out along some of the rays and do a visual cross-section revealing the four “nerves” that give this species its common name and its genus name. Four-nerve daisies are among the most common wildflowers in Austin and can be found here for much of the year.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 30, 2014 at 5:57 AM

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  1. The suchness of the deeply vivid blue
    provides the perfect stage to present
    the glory of the daisies distinguished
    patterns set in the prettiness of bright,
    but mellow yellows glowing gaily.

    Uncle Tree
    Happy Sunday, Steve! 🙂

    Uncle Tree

    March 30, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    • Your mention of “the deeply vivid blue” prompts me to add that the sky didn’t appear such a deep blue to my eyes, but the daisy was so bright in the sunlight that the camera’s sensor rendered the sky unnaturally dark by comparison. Sunday is a good day to be presenting a picture of this radiant flower head.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 30, 2014 at 8:34 AM

  2. Sunflowers, asters and daisies, oh, my!

    How well I remember the days when “many petals and white” meant daisies to me, and “many petals and yellow” meant sunflowers. What fun this process of sorting them out has been — even if a little nerve-wracking at times.


    March 30, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    • And perhaps this species makes the process quadruply nerve-wracking. The early daisy-versus-sunflower stage you mentioned reminds me that I, too, had very simple mental categories when I started looking at native plants in 1999. Things have gotten a lot more complex since then, but I still feel overwhelmed by the number of things I’ve yet to understand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM

  3. I thought of you yesterday. We were going to late lunch and there was a gentleman crossing on the overpass of Far West Blvd with camera and tripod to take photos of some place. I thought – is that Steve looking for flowers over by the railroad? I enjoy your flowers so much I see you everywhere.


    March 30, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    • In this case it wasn’t me, Nancy, but on other days it could well have been because I’ve photographed a bunch of times along Great Northern Blvd., which follows the railroad tracks in the vicinity of the place you mentioned. I don’t know if you were reading these posts two years ago, but at


      I recounted an incident on the western embankment of Mopac close to Far West. One clue for future identification, not of native species but of me, is that, heretic that I am, you’ll almost never see me carrying a tripod.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

  4. Thanks for explaining, for after reading the title to this post I had already developed the obvious question. Also … how long after applying to the Nature Blog Network did you hear back from those folks? I applied several months ago and have heard nothing from them. D

    Pairodox Farm

    March 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    • I applied to the Nature Blog Network almost three years ago, so I’m sorry to say I don’t remember how long it took. If it’s been several months, I’d try again. I don’t believe I get much traffic from that group, but I suppose it can’t hurt.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

  5. Spring !


    March 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

  6. The backlighting adds such a lovely dimension to the shadows of the overlapping petals. Nice effect.

    Mary Mageau

    March 31, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    • I’ve been fond of backlighting for a long time not only because it casts subjects “in a different light” but also because it reveals details that might not otherwise be apparent.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM

  7. Gorgeous lighting and colors in this photo. Spring is here!!!


    March 31, 2014 at 6:43 AM

  8. Such gorgeous coloring! I have a large daisy on my arm… From a 19th-century botanical print. 🙂 So of course I’m a fan of this particular image.


    April 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    • If you’re a fan of symmetry and decide to get the other arm done, you’re welcome to copy this four-nerve daisy. As far as I know, no one’s ever used a picture of mine that way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      • Oh, wonderful!! I’m afraid my family would hunt me down if I put another permanent flower on my body, however… Even at my age! 🙂


        April 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

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