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Far from Brazoria and the Brazos River

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Prairie Brazoria Flowering 1067

Far from the Brazos River and Brazoria*, even into my neighborhood’s Great Hills Park, strays prairie brazoria, Warnockia (or Brazoria) scutellarioides, a species I’d shown here only once until this view from April 14.


* According to the USDA map, the closest that prairie brazoria grows to Brazoria is several counties away.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 5, 2016 at 5:04 AM

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  1. As it happens, I was in Brazoria-the-town yesterday, while following a detour to get around a flooded west/southbound Hwy 35. I wanted to get into East Columbia to see the river there, and made it, although last night they closed 35 in both directions. This photo is taken from a spot about twelve feet from where I photographed the zig-zag spider. On that day, the willow in the middle of the photo was on the bank.

    In April, the ditches of Brazoria county were filled with a plant that certainly looks like this one at first glance. i hadn’t taken the time to identify it, but this morning I’ve decided it was Physostegia intermedia, or intermediate false dragon-head. Like this beauty, it’s also a member of the mint family, although I can see the differences in the leaves, and in the way the flowers attach to the stalks.

    Those pretty little spotted flowers remind me of prairie agalinis.


    June 5, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    • On the television news I saw some of the flooding in your part of Texas. It may make the land fertile but it sure doesn’t help some of the people.

      By coincidence, I photographed some species of Physostegia yesterday on a piece of prairie about 10 miles southeast of Joplin. We went out there with a native plant friend from Austin who moved to Nevada, Missouri, a few year ago. I can see the resemblance of the Physostegia flowers to those of prairie agalinis. One more example of convergent evolution.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2016 at 9:43 PM

      • I can’t help wondering if you’re going to stop by Marais des Cygnes National Widlife Refuge. I’ve not been there myself, but have read plenty of enthusiastic reports about the place. Funny, that — all the trips I’ve made up and down those roads, and yet I wasn’t yet interested enough in the natural world to make a stop.


        June 6, 2016 at 5:30 AM

        • We haven’t started looking at the route we’ll follow when we head home from Chicago. If we end up passing near Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge (which I just looked up on a map), I’ll see if we can check it out.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 6, 2016 at 9:33 PM

  2. It’s definitely a great place not to be right now!


    June 5, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    • The Brazos River, for sure, and some people also drowned at Fort Hood and in southeast Travis County. Driving from Austin to Tulsa three days ago, we had rain almost the whole way, and some of it was quite heavy.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      • My son just called me from Lake Jackson. Dow Chemical is expected to flood more than it already has.
        Sad and crazy about the soldiers at Fort Hood.
        Thankfully you made it safely!


        June 6, 2016 at 4:06 PM

        • We did make it safely to the Chicago area, but on our first day of driving from Austin to Tulsa we had rain almost the whole way.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 6, 2016 at 9:36 PM

          • Thankfully out of the floods. I live outside Austin and I just watered all of my drooping dying plants. Crazy weather….Have a glorious day.


            June 16, 2016 at 7:34 AM

            • The forecast in Chicago had been for sun today, but now it’s cloudy. Luckily no rain is predicted. As for Austin: after all the rain we had until recently, I guess we can’t complain at the return of the usual rainless heat at this time of year.

              Steve Schwartzman

              June 16, 2016 at 8:22 AM

  3. Lovely spike of blooms that look quite apis inviting.

    Steve Gingold

    June 5, 2016 at 11:31 AM

  4. It looks much like foxglove 😊


    June 5, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    • You’re right that the flowers look similar even though they’re in different botanical families.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2016 at 9:49 PM

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