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Lazy and sleepy

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Lazy Daisy Colony 3400

In the last post you saw two stages in the opening of Aphanostephus skirrhobasis, known as lazy daisy and dozedaisy, that I observed in Bastop near the end of April. Now fast-forward to June 14th and a visit with friends in Mason, two hours west-northwest of Austin. A few parts of their property had become little meadows covered with lazy daisies, as you can see here. The bright yellow flowers making their debut in these pages are sleepy daisies, Xanthisma texanum ssp. drummondii, and there are also a few greenthreads and firewheels mixed in.

I’ll return to the (metaphorical) fruits of the Bastrop field trip next week, after catching you up on a few more-recent developments of the densely floral kind.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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  1. I wondered how a lazy daisy differed from a regular daisy. I asked the google images machine. You should try it.

    Jim in IA

    June 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

  2. Heavenly 🙂

  3. Dozedaisy? Any relation to oopsadaisy?


    June 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    • We can see that this post didn’t catch you dozing. You got me wondering about oopsadaisy, which is also spelled upsadaisy and upsy-daisy. The Collins English Dictionary traces it back to the 18th century expression up-a-daisy. I’m not sure how the daisy got in there, but the up is understandable enough.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

  4. Interesting that we consider daisies lazy and sleepy. I don’t entirely understand what this countryman of mine discovered re plants but, in effect, I think he showed they were not lazy. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/registerguard/obituary.aspx?n=keith-j-mccree&pid=171096956


    June 21, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    • Here’s what Ellen D. Schulz wrote in 1929 about Xanthisma texanum: “The daisies open when the day is well along and close at sundown, which characteristic accounts for its common names.”

      Even though your countryman spent much of his life in the United States, including Texas, I wasn’t familiar with him or his work. Whenever I see that someone interesting I’d never heard of has died, I want to get into my time machine and go back to get to know the person.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      • Me too, especially when that person comes from my own city and lived in parts of the city so familiar to me. We make so much fuss about our All Blacks and our sports stars (bless them all) but we are rarely told about people like McCree until they die!


        June 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

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