Not Your Ordinary ‘Two Peas in a Pod’ Wildflower

After a couple of long, but fun days at the Dallas Zoo’s “Paw Prints Art Fair”, I enjoyed a couple of days visiting with my aunt/uncle who live near Dallas. During that visit, I had no access to internet, allowing us to have a nice visit … but no posts! But now I’m back (at least part-time, as I photograph on my way back home)  :o)

Today’s post features a unique wildflower plant I found recently at Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri. While photographing the wildflowers of Gayfeather Prairie, I stumbled upon this little beauty … both blooms are on the same plant, and even on the same stalk! I’m not sure if this is a rarity, or if this is customary for this wildflower. Heck, I’m not even sure of the ID! :o)

Unique, unidentified wildflower with 2 blooms, of different colors

If you have any information on this lovely wildflower, I’d appreciate knowing about it! (Note: after posting this image my Facebook Friend “Soulful Nature” and my Twitter friend Gerry Williamson (@USWildflowers) both informed me that this is Yellow Stargrass, Hypoxis hirsuta , and the white flower is actually a spent flower that used to be yellow … thanks!)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead
  • ISO 1250 (strong wind gusts necessitated a high ISO to keep shutter speed very quick)
  • Aperture f/4.5
  • Shutter 1/1,250 sec.

 

 

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  • USWildflowers.com

    Yellow Star Grass; Hypoxis hirsuta. I think I’ve seen “old” flowers with the petals turning white – the color of the anthers also implies that’s an older blossom.