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Lindheimer’s morning glory

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Let’s welcome a new native wildflower to these pages: Lindheimer’s morning glory, Ipomoea lindheimeri. I found a bunch of these at Inks Lake State Park on May 6th. (In contrast, a different species, Ipomoea cordatotriloba, is common in Austin and has appeared here from time to time.)

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The other day you heard about some farmers who are suing the American government for violating their rights by refusing to let them apply for debt relief that farmers of any skin color other than white are eligible to apply for. Yesterday I learned about a similar case involving a federal program called the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which is administered by the Small Business Association (SBA). “The SBA, which is deciding among applicants, announced that it would accept applications from all eligible applicants but only process those from a ‘priority group’ in the first 21 days.” The term “priority group” is a euphemism for ‘anyone but a white male.’ A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the plaintiffs are “experiencing race and sex discrimination at the hand of government officials” and has imposed a temporary restraining order on the SBA. The judge wrote that “[t]he evidence submitted by plaintiffs indicates that the entire $28.6 billion in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund may be depleted before plaintiffs’ application can be considered for relief under the program….”

It appalls me—and I hope you—that the American government would flout the law by treating people differently based on their race or ethnicity or sex. This is 2021, after all, not 1821.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 21, 2021 at 4:37 AM

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  1. What a beautiful picture you made of the Lindheimer’s morning glory! I guess Lindheimer was a botanist who discovered this flower.

    Peter Klopp

    May 21, 2021 at 8:22 AM

  2. Lindheimer is considered to be the “father” of Texas botany. He lived in New Braunfels for 60 years and collected plant specimens throughout the state, starting about 1845 thru 1900.


    May 21, 2021 at 9:45 AM

  3. Lindheimer’s Morning Glory is a beauty. I’ve also come across a great specimen in Longhorn Caverns State Park, and even once in Berry Springs Park and Preserve, several years ago.
    I have read in the past from reliable sources (which I won’t take the time to look up at this point in time) that many small business loans and assistance in the past have been given to companies that had a nominal “minority” person as the head, while the decisions and most of the benefits were garnished by “white” folks, thus gaming the system. The effect of course, being that the targeted population gained little, and the income inequalities that the programs were intended to reduce remained intact. During the ongoing epidemic, it has been reported that many large companies took advantage of SBA loans, so that by the time truly small businesses were able to file their applications, the funds had already dried up.
    Which is not to say I disagree with your point that government assistance (our taxes) should be provided regardless of skin pigmentation, religion, or political affiliation (you didn’t say that exactly, but I inferred it). After all, Homo sapiens all originated somewhere in Africa and spread across the planet like a pandemic virus. Just like a riding mower can not distinguish between weeds and wildflowers, I find it difficult to differentiate between different humans, and find the concept of “race” obsolete. Whatever. I’m pretty sure we agree on the first sentence, and the rest of it doesn’t matter… words, words, words, to quote some playwright.


    May 21, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    • Human nature being what it is, there’s no government program that some people won’t try to game. Too bad the government doesn’t put more effort into checking the validity of applications for money. Unfortunately various administrations and government departments also try to game the system by violating the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” clause, and that’s what got me riled up. Also unfortunately there are many vested interests that not only don’t want to make the concept of race obsolete, but go out of their way to racialize everything.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 21, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    • Longhorn Caverns isn’t far from where I found these Lindheimer’s morning glories. I don’t believe I’ve ever found any in Austin.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 21, 2021 at 12:49 PM

  4. Thanks, Steve. I’m a NPSOT member as well as a Master Naturalist. Have seen that presentation. Others might like to view it. Thanks for sharing the link.


    May 21, 2021 at 10:49 AM

  5. What a unique color for a Morning Glory! I love how these two perspectives show off its beauty.

    Birder's Journey

    May 22, 2021 at 6:18 AM

    • As many times as I’ve photographed two other local members of the morning glory family, Texas bindweed (which has white flowers) and purple bindweed, I’ve almost never come across this one, and so relished the chance to portray it. From what you say, I guess this color isn’t common among other morning glories, either.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 22, 2021 at 6:23 AM

  6. What a luscious color, and what a beautiful, silky texture. I’ve seen that silkiness in a few other species, and it’s beautiful wherever it appears. I found it in a cluster of red phlox this spring, which really surprised me. As for the color, it reminds me of the prairie nymph (Herbertia lahue). Prairie nymph doesn’t fade to rose, though: at least, I’ve not seen that. It tickles me that this one bears Lindheimer’s name, since he’s one of my favorites among the early Texas naturalists.


    May 22, 2021 at 8:37 PM

    • I didn’t know what kind of morning glory I’d found and was afraid maybe it was something alien. Fortunately a look in Marshall Enquist after I got home revealed it to be native. Speaking of silkiness, you may want to add the fancy adjective sericeous to your arsenal: https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=sericeous. I know your fondness for Lindheimer, so that’s an added fillip for you. Prairie nymph is one of those wildflowers I’ve rarely seen. The last one I remember finding was over near Bastrop.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 22, 2021 at 9:00 PM

  7. Oh, the morning glory is glorious, especially since those that I am familiar with are weedy and unappealing. I should have left it at that, and not read any further. I could not read it all in detail. It would make me angry.


    May 23, 2021 at 12:10 AM

    • Aye, a morning glory in all its glory—and an administration in its perfidy.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2021 at 6:35 AM

      • Ah, the white males still don’t get it…….


        May 23, 2021 at 10:06 AM

        • People of good will get that discriminating against any group is unethical.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 23, 2021 at 10:53 AM

          • Aye, aye, Captain! In my former life as a member of the social services part of government, I can recall being told that “if I was (white/black) you would have approved me” for Food Stamps, or whatever. And being told by the owner of an adult independent living facility from which you could almost see the Florida state Capitol building, after going through a long list of questions and inspecting the facility: “You’re the White Man, that’s all I need to know about you.” After I had asked if there was anything she’d like to know about me. I still remember her big grin as I tried to squirm my way out of that reduction to a stereotype. Wish I’d remembered Frank Zappa’s line from Trouble Coming Every Day – “I’m not Black, but there’s lots of times I wish I could say I’m not White.” Maybe next time I tell the story I will remember that that was what I said…


            May 23, 2021 at 12:02 PM

            • People don’t need to apologize for being born into whatever group they were born into. Unfortunately there are ideologues who want to impose guilt on people for that very reason—which is better called unreason.

              Steve Schwartzman

              May 23, 2021 at 3:14 PM

              • Actually, I wasn’t apologizing to the lady – I was trying to disentangle myself from the stereotype that I did not aspire to or wish to be associated with, to be seen as an individual. To be judged not by the color of my skin, but by the content of my character, as someone once said…


                May 31, 2021 at 12:59 PM

                • I was having trouble interpreting the incident you’d described. Coincidentally, a lot of people these days are having trouble assimilating Dr. King’s call to be judged by the content of one’s character.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  May 31, 2021 at 1:32 PM

                • The lady in question had said “You’re the White Man – that’s all I need to know about you” and then grinned, after I asked if she wanted to know anything about me. After a while, I realized she was shuckin’ and jivin’ me. My character is okay, for the most part, but I am a bit slow of wit in the real world… I have a couple of Clematis vines growing along my fence – not sure if they were planted by the birds or escaped from cultivation at this point. (he wrote, going off on a tangent).


                  May 31, 2021 at 1:58 PM

      • I go with the morning glory part.


        May 23, 2021 at 2:41 PM

        • As far as I know, wildflowers haven’t been politicized and racialized, but because a seemingly neutral subject like mathematics already has been, I suspect it won’t be long before flowers get attacked, too.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 23, 2021 at 3:08 PM

          • You would not believe how many people get offended by my preference for white flowers, or if I mention that white is my favorite color. (This is California, where so many of those in Austin came from.) I am offended by those who are offended by my article about white supremacy.


            May 23, 2021 at 3:18 PM

            • Some people are hypersensitive these days.

              Steve Schwartzman

              May 23, 2021 at 3:21 PM

              • I have read that it is an epidemic. You might want to see the Karen videos of SSSniperWolf on YouTube. It can be either amusing, or infuriating.


                May 23, 2021 at 4:03 PM

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