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Tansy-Mustard Flowering by Indian Paintbrush 4478

The pictures that Steve Gingold showed yesterday of tansy reminded me that back in the spring I photographed some tansy-mustard, Descurainia pinnata. It’s a native plant that I’ve encountered only a few times, and as no picture of it has ever appeared here, I thought I should make amends and show it to you now, even five months late. The conspicuous red glow in the background is from one of the Indian paintbrushes, Castilleja indivisa, that far outnumbered the tansy-mustard along US 183 in east Austin that day, which was March 20th.

Even though I’ve seldom run across this species, it grows in Mexico, Canada, and almost all of the states in the United States, as you can confirm on the clickable USDA map. That’s one prolific and hardy plant.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 8, 2014 at 5:59 AM

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