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Two-leaf senna

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Here’s a native wildflower I’ve never shown you before. That’s surprising, given that it grows in my neighborhood and that on several occasions I’ve shown the other species of senna that grows here. This one is Senna roemeriana, known as two-leaf senna or two-leaved senna. The common name refers to the fact that each of the plant’s leaves is made up of two leaflets; you can see one leaflet and part of its symmetric twin at the lower left in the photograph.

I took this picture beneath the power lines west of Morado Circle one month ago today.

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May 17, 2018 at 4:52 AM

Engelmann daisy leaf

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One thing that distinguishes the Engelmann daisy, Engelmannia peristenia, from so many other yellow daisies is the plant’s leaves, both in their lobed shape and in their fuzzy texture. I photographed this backlit Engelmann daisy leaf on the vanishing prairie in Round Rock on April 8th.

Here it is a month later and I’m still seeing Engelmann daisies around Austin.

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May 9, 2018 at 4:48 AM

Owl feather

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As I began heading back from the farthest point on my April 17th outing under the power lines west of Morado Circle, I noticed a feather on the ground. Picking it up, I held it in front of me and took pictures of it in several positions. Chuck Sexton, a local expert on birds, says the feather is likely from the right wing of a great horned owl, Bubo virginianus. That’s the same species you caught a glimpse of, and only a glimpse of, in a recent post. Here’s a closer look at one part of the feather:

This feather proved to be the first of maybe half a dozen I found scattered at intervals along the trail. Seems likely the owl met its demise near by.

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May 3, 2018 at 5:00 AM

Anemone seeds

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Behold a ten-petal anemone (Anemone decapetala) that was already dispersing its seeds on April 5th. The color in the background came from bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) that were also growing in the median on Morado Circle. Those bluebonnets stayed fresh for about three weeks but are now following the anemone’s lead from back then.

While I was in the median, I noticed that a couple of rain-lilies, Cooperia pedunculata, had somehow crossed each other. One of them had even snagged a couple of wind-borne anemone seeds and their attached fluff.

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April 25, 2018 at 4:39 AM

Four-nerve daisy upstaged

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The upstager was a budding wild garlic, Allium drummondii, in the median of Morado Circle on April 5th.

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April 20, 2018 at 4:37 AM

Penstemon on the prairie

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It’s been four years since the first and only showing here of Penstemon cobaea, called wild foxglove, prairie penstemon, showy beard-tongue, large-flowered beard-tongue, dewflower, wild belladonna, and fairy thimbles. On April 8th I photographed some of these flowers on two properties close to the intersection of Greenhill Dr. and Old Settlers Blvd. on the Blackland Prairie in Round Rock. I couldn’t decide whether to show you the flowers in isolation against the clear sky or with a piece of the prairie behind them, so you’re getting both. You know what the flowers in the background below are.

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April 14, 2018 at 4:45 AM

Unkempt four-nerve daisy

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A common wildflower in Austin, and one that’s found here for most of the year, is the four-nerve daisy, Tetraneuris linearifolia. Here’s the rather wildly arrayed flower head of one seen from the side. Look at the midsection of the ray pointing “northeast” and you can easily count the four “nerves” that have given the species the first part of both its scientific and popular names.

I took this photograph on April 1st along Yaupon Dr. in my extended neighborhood.

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April 12, 2018 at 4:53 AM

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