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Bracted fanpetal

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Here’s another debut of a wildflower with a quaint common name: bracted fanpetal, Sida ciliaris, which I found on the ground right outside our car during one of our stops in Bastrop State Park on October 11th last year. Because closeups can belie a subject’s size, let me add that flowers in this species grow to little more than an inch across (3 cm).


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If pathological optimists still think the U.N. Human Rights Council cares about human rights, they might want to note events last week. A motion was made in Geneva to debate China’s abuses against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province, and the council voted 19-17 not even to discuss it.

So began an October 9th editorial in The Wall Street Journal. Here’s the ending:

Pragmatists might be pleased that the motion Thursday failed by only two votes, after a fierce lobbying campaign by Beijing to defeat it. But what a disgrace. Everyone knows the U.N. Human Rights Council is a sinkhole of moral equivalence. But if it can’t pass a motion merely to open discussion on China’s abuses in Xinjiang, there is no reason for it to exist, or for the United States to continue to be a member.

You can read the full editorial.




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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 13, 2022 at 4:31 AM

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  1. That’s so pretty


    October 13, 2022 at 4:44 AM

  2. This is my favorite Sida, because of the color. I first encountered it in the middle of the road leading into the Williams Paradise Cemetery outside Nada, Texas. Later, I came across it on the Willow City Loop: another location that resembled the spot where you found this one. I like the way you captured the leaves, as well; they help to emphasize the pinwheel effect of the petals.


    October 13, 2022 at 6:53 AM

    • How we remember the places where we first found a species. It’s understandable why this would be your favorite in the genus. The spot in Bastrop where I found it obliged by being a designated parking area, not just the side of a road. I’ve never seen it again and therefore don’t associate it with the region that includes the Willow City Loop. You’re right that the prominent leaf could be the tail of a weathervane.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2022 at 7:10 AM

  3. Loving the POP of PINK 🙂 Makes you smile and brightens your day! Enjoy


    October 13, 2022 at 7:19 AM

  4. You’ll have to throw a coming-out party, having a ball with all these debutante flowers. I like the fanpetal’s shape and while I’m not a big fan of pink, this kinda dusty rose is nice.

    Robert Parker

    October 13, 2022 at 7:45 AM

    • Clever you referring to these as debutante flowers. I remember when I was little a movie came out called “The Reluctant Debutante.” Not knowing the word, I assumed it had the same rhythm as Reluctant and mentally pronounced it Debútante, with the stress on the second syllable. And “dusty rose” is an appealing way to describe the color. You’ve reminded me of the New York Giants baseball player Dusty Rhodes:


      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2022 at 7:20 AM

  5. The bracted fanpetal is another flower I have not seen before. With its super-sharp focus, it looks good against the blurred background of the grass and another fanpetal.

    Peter Klopp

    October 13, 2022 at 8:22 AM

    • You know me, playing off a sharply focused subject against a formless mass of color behind it, sometimes with the same color, as here, and other times with contrasting colors.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2022 at 7:22 AM

  6. The petals remind me of hibiscus 🌺

    Alessandra Chaves

    October 13, 2022 at 9:45 AM

  7. It’s lovely! I love the textures and colors.


    October 13, 2022 at 10:29 AM

  8. Your lovely photos always balance the news of the day… “a sinkhole of moral equivalence”, indeed.

  9. Compared to some flowers an inch is reasonably large. What it lacks in diameter it more than makes up for in beauty.

    Steve Gingold

    October 17, 2022 at 5:53 PM

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