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Wright’s buckwheat

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While great clouds made the day on November 9, 2016, above Hueco Tanks State Park in far west Texas, this subtly colorful stand of Wright‘s buckwheat (Eriogonum wrightii) caught my fancy there as well.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 19, 2017 at 5:00 AM

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  1. Such a pretty color. The Wildflower Center page mentions that the flowers, which have reddish sepals and bracts, turn reddish-orange in cool weather. I’ve not usually associated fall color with far west Texas, but here it is.

    I did a double-take while reading that page. It says that Wright collected in Texas from 1837-1952. Now, that’s a long and distinguished career!

    shoreacres

    January 19, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    • May our careers be just as distinguished! I’d looked at that Wildflower Center page but hadn’t caught the extended lifespan.

      I didn’t know what these plants were, nor did our tourguide, who talked primarily about the history of the place. After I’d returned to Austin I called and was given the name of someone I could e-mail a picture to. That person also didn’t know, but knew someone who did recognize this species and the two in a couple of other photographs I sent.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 19, 2017 at 7:23 AM

  2. That is very impressive indeed, as field botany can really take a toll on a body.

    melissabluefineart

    January 19, 2017 at 8:45 AM

  3. Eliot Porter would be pleased with this intimate landscape. I most certainly would be also.

    Steve Gingold

    January 19, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    • Thanks for reminding me of the term “intimate landscape.” You’re the main person I count on to appreciate intimate landscapes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 19, 2017 at 3:28 PM


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