Portraits of Wildflowers

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Two-leaf senna flowers

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From along Yaupon Dr. on the far side of my neighborhood on May 25th comes a wildflower I’ve shown here only once before even though it’s common enough in my part of town. It’s Senna roemeriana, known as two-leaf senna because its leaflets grow in pairs. Notice how prominent the veins become on a wilted flower.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 2, 2020 at 4:33 AM

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  1. We have Senna around here, Senna hebecarpa….I’ll keep an eye out for it.


    June 2, 2020 at 5:55 AM

    • I looked that up and see it has compound leaves that look similar to those of Lindheimer’s senna, which is Austin’s other native species. I hope you run across yours.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 2, 2020 at 7:34 AM

  2. oh, a beauty, and I love the paired leaves –


    June 2, 2020 at 6:16 AM

  3. This photo of the senna flower comes with an amazing 3D effect. Very impressive!

    Peter Klopp

    June 2, 2020 at 8:16 AM

    • Now that you mention it, it does seem to have depth. I wasn’t trying for that; lots of things happen on their own.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 2, 2020 at 11:41 AM

  4. You’re a real “natural” blessing during these insane times. Thank you. Margie Roe

    Margie McCreless Roe

    June 2, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    • You’re welcome. When I’m out in nature and focused on portraying nature, nothing else exists for a while.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 2, 2020 at 11:42 AM

  5. Beautiful.

    Michael Scandling

    June 2, 2020 at 11:07 AM

  6. I’ve seen this once, on May 5 of last year, on Spicer Loop outside Kerrville. There were more buds than flowers, but the color certainly caught my eye. When I finally found the photo, I saw it had that same tinge of orange that’s present in your flowers — and I had it properly identified!


    June 3, 2020 at 10:41 PM

    • Like you, I’ve noticed that the yellow in local senna flowers shades toward orange. Also like you, I tend to remember where I first found a species, especially one I’d long been looking for. If only the places could remember us….

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2020 at 5:18 AM

      • I can’t help thinking that the special places we discover do remember us. There are a few of these in my experience which, when I return to them after varying time lapses, really make me feel that they recognize me and make me feel welcome again.


        June 5, 2020 at 3:01 AM

        • I’m happy to join you in that anthropomorphizing, maybe what psychologists call transference.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 5, 2020 at 5:17 AM

  7. If I have seen this flower I can’t remember and certainly wouldn’t have known what it was called.


    June 5, 2020 at 6:50 AM

  8. Those veins become very prominent …


    June 8, 2020 at 1:59 PM

  9. Maybe those veins have retained their blood. The dried bloom seems to be the underside of the petals. What do the fresh petal undersides look like. They are a touch darker on the top although the difference isn’t that marked when fresh.

    Steve Gingold

    June 10, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    • Good observations, and you asked a good question. I’m not sure what senna flowers look like from behind. Next time I see some I’ll have to find out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2020 at 2:40 PM

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