Portraits of Wildflowers

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Dayflower and false dayflower

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Been a long time since I showed you either a dayflower (Commelina erecta), above, or a so-called false dayflower (Tinantia anomala), below. The top picture is from May 5th in Great Hills Park and the bottom one is from April 1st in our yard, where little colonies have come up unbidden in a couple of places.



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Harvard has let me know that I cannot be a scholar of British Romanticism because I do not believe there are male women. For my part, I’d rather be damned with the Romantics and Plato than go to woke heaven with [English department coordinator] Erin [Saladin] and the Harvard faculty.


So wrote philosopher Devin Buckley after Harvard University canceled the talk she was scheduled to give there on British Romanticism. The reason for the cancellation was that as a feminist Dr. Buckley believes that radical transgender ideology gives short shrift to women. It made no difference to Harvard that the talk on British Romanticism had nothing to do with transgenderism. (“If my talk had been on astrophysics I have no doubt that I would have received a similar [cancellation] email.”)

You can read more about this incident in an article by Jonathan Turley and another on the Women’s Liberation Front website. Of particular interest in the latter is the letter that Dr. Buckley wrote in response to the cancellation. Here’s an excerpt from that letter:


It’s difficult to discern whether those who cancel feminists like me won’t or can’t understand us when we critique gender. My suspicion is that most people do not believe that a male can become female. They simply remain silent on the matter for the sake of their careers. I want to call them moral cowards, but I also have sympathy for those who must do this to survive, such as adjuncts who struggle to find non-academic jobs and continue to hang on desperately to exploitative part-time labor at wealthy universities which advertise themselves as bastions of social justice.

Your email disinviting me states that I am “on the board of an organization that takes a public stance regarding trans people as dangerous and deceptive.” This is a mischaracterization. Never has my organization, Women’s Liberation Front, made the claim that a person is dangerous simply because he or she identifies as trans. Rather, our organization opposes ideology and policy dangerous to women. This includes laws which allow males entry into women’s spaces on the basis of self-attested gender identity. This is happening right now in women’s prisons. 

One of my iniquitous 4W articles reported on a New York bill that would allow males to be housed with women solely on the basis of self-attested gender identity. We are already seeing the results of similar policies in California, Washington, and New Jersey. In New Jersey, for example, one of the 27 convicted male transfers being housed in New Jersey’s Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women is a trans-identified male serving a 50-year sentence for the brutal murder of a sex trafficked immigrant woman. Additionally, two women at this facility are now pregnant through their association with another trans-identified male who goes by “Demi.” There have also been reports of assaults on women by males in Washington and California prisons.

WoLF and I have never claimed that someone is dangerous in virtue of being a trans-identified person. Rather, we have claimed that some trans-identified males are dangerous in virtue of being predators. We have claimed that males in women’s prisons, for example, are a threat to women because they are violent males. WoLF has no issue with trans-identified females being housed in a women’s prison. Furthermore, one of our arguments against self-ID concerns the fact that self-attested gender identity is, by definition, unfalsifiable since it is grounded on a purely subjective experience and, therefore, may be abused by predatory males who would not otherwise identify as trans. 

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 16, 2022 at 4:29 AM

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  1. Beautiful photos


    May 16, 2022 at 4:49 AM

    • Thanks. Lately I’ve been going in for a lot of close portraits with flash and have ended up with black backgrounds as a result.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 16, 2022 at 6:47 AM

  2. We have two dayflowers in New England… C. diffusa and C. communis, neither of which are native. C. communis grows “naturally” in our yard and just showed up one day, unpacked its bags, and has spread to a few areas much as T. anomala did in your yard.

    Steve Gingold

    May 16, 2022 at 5:09 AM

    • Ah, so you’re familiar with dayflowers, which supposedly last only a day. Nine days ago I saw Tinantia anomala in several places in Great Hills Park less than half a mile from our home, so it’s apparently established in this part of town. Yesterday I noticed that one of the two little colonies has largely gone to seed while the other still has some flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 16, 2022 at 6:59 AM

  3. Some time in the distant past, you told me that when I finally came across false dayflower the differences between it and C. erecta would be obvious. I don’t remember when I first found the false dayflower, but you were right. Somewhere in my archives I have photos of them both, and they are different enough from one another to be easily distinguished. I’m still seeing a very few dayflowers, but the heat seems to be discouraging them.


    May 16, 2022 at 7:06 AM

    • Just so long as we don’t let the heat discourage us we’re okay. Unfortunately the chiggers are back in force, as I can attest. Today’s two pictures make clear what you said: it seems unlikely that anyone who casts more than a fleeting glance is likely to confuse these two wildflowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 16, 2022 at 7:34 AM

  4. True BEAUTY STUNNERS – love, love, love!!!


    May 16, 2022 at 7:23 AM

  5. I like the description of ‘moral cowards.’ It is sad to know that for the sake of financial as well as emotional security, many of us are suffering

    Peter Klopp

    May 16, 2022 at 8:48 AM

  6. These are truly lovely. We had this or something very similar growing in patches all over our property when we moved here. Over time it has disappeared entirely. It seemed impervious to the weather, hot or cold, and I suspect its demise was entirely the fault of the chickens.


    May 16, 2022 at 9:07 AM

    • Maybe you can cordon off an area from the chickens and see if your dayflowers come back for more days.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 16, 2022 at 12:15 PM

  7. My thoughts on the hot potato:

    I’m with philosopher Devin Buckley and her feelings on the trans movement. I have no say one way or the other about a person’s choice of gender ID, up and until it disregards the person who genetically is a man or woman and chooses to be as they were born. It is exceedingly unfair in woman’s sports to allow a trans to compete against women. Regardless of how they identify between their ears, physically it is an unfair advantage as they are built to win in a woman’s competition.

    As for trans persons being placed into women’s prison facilities? Well, OK, if the inmate identifies as a woman, then perhaps the rest of the prison population would be safer if the transgender person was altered to fit their reality.


    May 16, 2022 at 9:29 AM

    • There’s no reason why 99+% of people have to alter their society to accommodate less than 1% who believe themselves to be a certain counter-factual way. Your wording gets right to the “heart” of the matter: “altered to fit their reality.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 16, 2022 at 12:21 PM

  8. Bravo, Steve! 🙂

    H.J. for avian101

    May 16, 2022 at 2:50 PM

  9. It was interesting to see the comparison between between the dayflower (Commelina erecta), and the false dayflower (Tinantia anomala).

    Alessandra Chaves

    May 16, 2022 at 8:27 PM

    • They’re in the same botanical family but are different enough from each other that no one who gives more than a casual glance is likely to confuse the two.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 16, 2022 at 9:45 PM

  10. That’s a lovely flower!


    May 16, 2022 at 9:21 PM

    • The dayflower lives up to its name, with its flower quickly decomposing. I haven’t done a study but I get the impression that the so-called false dayflower lasts a little longer.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 16, 2022 at 9:50 PM

  11. These photos of the day flower and the false day flower are absolutely exquisite!! Thank you for sharing them.

    Birder's Journey

    May 22, 2022 at 4:02 PM

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