Chaptalia texana used to be known as Chaptalia nutans. The former species name means ‘nodding,’ and nod is what the flower heads of this little wildflower, known as silverpuff, tend to do. They also often don’t open very much, so what you see here may have been about as close to open as this flower head was going to get.
Today’s photograph is from March 5, 2012, on the property of native plant promoters Pat and Dale Bulla in northwest Austin.
© 2015 Steven Schwartzman