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Conjoined firewheels

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Conjoined Firewheel Flower Heads 4547

In the Balcones District Park on May 13th I found these two firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) flower heads conjoined back to back on a single stem. The fact that the stem was somewhat flattened makes me think fasciation* was at work here. The purple in the background came from horsemints (Monarda citriodora).


* You can pronounce the sc in fasciation as ss or sh.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 12, 2016 at 5:00 AM

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  1. And because I am currently fascinated by the Royal birthday weekend in London, this fasciation makes me think of fashion and fascinators.


    June 12, 2016 at 6:35 AM

  2. Hey, Siamese twins! Quirky. I discovered the top of a lupine plant in my garden with 2 tips … split personality?


    June 12, 2016 at 9:08 AM

  3. Fascinating fasciation. Riotously colorful background.

    Steve Gingold

    June 12, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    • That background gives you a sense of how lush the wildflowers in Austin became after repeated rains.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 12, 2016 at 6:53 PM

  4. Steve, you introduced me to the term fasciation and now whenever I encounter the flawed form the term for it immediately comes to mind. It would be interesting to know the genetic explanation for this breakdown in code. Assuming of course that the scientist could help the layman (me) to even understand what happened here. 😉


    June 13, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    • Hi, Lynda (from Chicago). From what I’ve read about fasciation, there can be several causes. I have the impression that the phenomenon isn’t fully understood. Whatever the cause, I always look forward to finding my next instance of the phenomenon. This was my first (and so far only) example for 2016.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 13, 2016 at 7:42 AM

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