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XXX: Time for the annual sex mania

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Zexmenia Flower Head 7473

Make that zexmenia, the native wildflower with the suggestive common name. Sex mania may not have changed, but the scientific name of this species certainly has. When I first became aware of it in 1999 it was Zexmenia hispida. Over the next decade or so it was Wedelia hispida and Wedelia texana. When I looked last month, it had become Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida.

However many changes may yet befall the “unique” scientific name of this species, I can tell you with assurance that this photograph comes from June 8th along the Smith Memorial Trail in my northwest part of Austin. It’s three months later now and I’m still seeing a few zexmenia plants flowering here and there around town.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 6, 2015 at 5:19 AM

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