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Greenthread bud

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Greenthread Bud by Flower Head 2959

Last time you heard that the yellow flower head a checkered white butterfly was on is called greenthread because of the plant’s green, thread-like leaves. You still can’t see the leaves of Thelesperma filifolium here, but you can get a good look at the way the buds of this species typically nod. You can also see the characteristic “prongs” at the base of the bud, which persist behind the flower head after it opens.

Today’s photograph once again comes from the edge of U.S. 183 near Loop 360 on April 13th.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 23, 2015 at 5:27 AM

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  1. I can see spider thread though.


    May 23, 2015 at 6:22 AM

  2. Love the photo, it is a story so full of hope and potential.

  3. The butterfly has flown away. Lovely image

    Raewyn's Photos

    May 23, 2015 at 7:11 PM

  4. It’s stunning!


    May 24, 2015 at 4:55 PM

  5. Isn’t is wondrous how much beauty can secretly be held inside a bud? They are surprise packages. I wouldn’t have been able to predict that the previous bloom would emerge from this spidery bud. People are often like that. You can’t often tell what they are really like from the outside. 🙂


    May 24, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    • That’s a good analogy between buds and people. I think I find it easier to understand the former, but I’ll keep working at making headway with the latter.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2015 at 9:06 AM

  6. The prongs make me think of Kermit.. It is a lovely bud and you’ve shown it well.

    Steve Gingold

    May 24, 2015 at 6:12 PM

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