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Damianita flowers normally form a broad, low, dense mound. That’s mostly how it was for the Chrysactinia mexicana plant I photographed on April 4th along Bluffstone Dr. Nevertheless, one branch of the plant rose abnormally high, so I was able to lie down and photograph the wayward sections in isolation.

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© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 19, 2016 at 5:00 AM

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  1. Those look like they would make a delightful ground cover and I imagine that they do. How’s your neck after making that second image?

    Steve Gingold

    April 19, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    • I can see how you’d think of a ground cover based on the first view, but damianita forms separate mounds and doesn’t spread to cover the ground between them.

      As for my neck, it does sometimes get a bit stiff. One more occupational hazard.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 19, 2016 at 6:51 PM

  2. These look remarkably like something I found at the Brazoria refuge, but I need to take better photos and notes when I go back. Both the BONAP and USDA sites say they aren’t found here, so I suspect I found another of those DYCs. The good news is that they’re in a spot that will be accessible even if there’s flooding still taking place this weekend.

    I like the way one bunch leans to the right in the second photo, while the heads on the other seem to lean to the left. And those leaves are something. They certainly would help with identification.


    April 19, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    • Technically speaking, I’ve never found damianita growing on its own in Austin proper, but it is native in the hills just to the west of town. People in Austin have taken to planting specimens like the one shown here because the flowers are so appealing. The plant has a pleasant balsam-like fragrance, too.

      You’re likely correct that you didn’t see damianita at the Brazoria refuge, which is too far east in the state and has the wrong soil and climate.

      The way the two groups of flowers in the second picture leaned in opposite directions provided an extra bit of appeal.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 19, 2016 at 7:09 PM

  3. […] If you’d like to see a whole bunch of them, you’re welcome to look back at the 2016 post. […]

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