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Philadelphia freedom

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Philadelphia Fleabane Daisy 5289A

On the bank of the little creek with the “corrugated” algae in it was this Erigeron philadelphicus, called Philadelphia fleabane. A flower head of this species has even more white rays—John and Gloria Tveten say the count of threadlike segments can go above 150—than the prairie fleabane you’ve seen here several times.

Don’t let the name Philadelphia fool you: this species grows in Mexico and in almost all American states and Canadian provinces, as you can confirm on the USDA’s state-clickable map. That’s one hardy plant that can tolerate such extreme differences in climate.

Today’s picture is from March 24th along Old Lampasas Trail in northwest Austin.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 22, 2014 at 5:15 AM

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