Wildflowers forum: Can anyone help with an I.D.?

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GrammaChar
Apr 8, 2016 9:43 PM CST
I thought this little plant (greatly enlarged in photo) was a Ptilimnium nuttallii -but it doesn't look like the pictures in the Plant Database. Any clues?
It's a wildflower growing in the front pasture. (Central Texas). Thanks for your help.


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Apr 9, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Pics of the foliage would help. What a cute bloom!
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GrammaChar
Apr 9, 2016 12:26 PM CST
The foliage is thread-like and hard to photograph. Does this help? The plant is surrounded by bluebonnets so it's hard to see the base.
Thanks for your time.
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frostweed
Apr 9, 2016 3:03 PM CST

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It might be Prairie Bishop, Bifora americana
http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=33214 Smiling
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GrammaChar
Apr 9, 2016 3:17 PM CST
I think you're right, Josephine. Wildflowers are so tricky because they can look different at various stages in their development. I'm going to protect this little plant and hope it will throw some seeds. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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Apr 9, 2016 4:23 PM CST

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Gorgeous little wildflower, the details are amazing looking through your lens.
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Apr 9, 2016 4:38 PM CST

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GrammaChar, I was just looking for your flower with no luck but thought maybe you should put it over on the Plant ID forum to see if one of our experts can identify it.

http://garden.org/forums/view/plantid/
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GrammaChar
Apr 9, 2016 5:00 PM CST
I've been to several websites and think Josephine is right, Prairie Bishop - or possibly Mock Bishop's Weed? It's not a common wildflower in my area. It doesn't look like the photos in the ATP database. More research.... I'll try the planteid forum next. Thank you.
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Apr 9, 2016 5:27 PM CST

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The photos in our database are mine but they are older pictures. I'll try to get pictures of mine again this year, maybe my newer camera can some better.

Let us know what you find out. There is always the chance that my picture are wrong...



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GrammaChar
Apr 9, 2016 8:39 PM CST
photo ID just confirmed that Josephine was right: Prairie Bishop.
Am updating my plant files now.
Should I submit mine to the plant database?
Thanks to everyone!
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Apr 9, 2016 9:42 PM CST

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Good, I am glad i figured something out. Smiling Smiling
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Apr 10, 2016 7:46 AM CST

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That's great, GrammaChar. Yes, please submit your photos to our database. I noticed we don't have any pictures Bifora americana. Thumbs up
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GrammaChar
Apr 10, 2016 8:05 AM CST
Hmmmmm......On the ID forum, bonitin (Myriam from Belgium) posted this:
The flowers look like:
Minoan Lace (Orlaya grandiflora)
So I'm still not 100% positive. More research required!
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Apr 10, 2016 8:12 AM CST

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Hmmm.. Bonitin is good with ID's. I'll look into it too. Smiling
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GrammaChar
Apr 10, 2016 10:33 AM CST
I posted this in the plant ID forum, but will repeat it here. Glad we can put "The End" to this thread!

Okay, ladies, it's time to blow the whistle and call in the guys wearing white coats. I have officially lost it! After reading the last two posts, I ran out to the vegetable garden where I grow cilantro. It has bolted with the warm weather, but I'm leaving it as many tiny bugs like the flowers. I looked at one of them closely, but it didn't have that pink stuff going on in the middle. (Of course, my eyes aren't that great anymore). So then I walked to the front pasture where I found the mystery plant, dug down through the bluebonnets until I discovered a "true" leaf. I crushed it - and eureka! It's cilantro!!!!! *Blush*
So two questions:
1. Why does the flower look so much different? (soil?)
2. How in the world did it get all the way out to the front pasture???
And here I thought I had an exotic, one-of-a-kind wildflower.
I feel like such an idiot.
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Apr 10, 2016 10:51 AM CST

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Hurray! Smiling
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frostweed
Apr 10, 2016 12:49 PM CST

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Well, does the cilantro plant get ferny as it bolts? I didn't know that. Smiling Smiling
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Apr 10, 2016 1:50 PM CST

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yes, it sure does. Here's some pictures I dug up from 2012 ...

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GrammaChar
Apr 10, 2016 2:00 PM CST
I don't eat the "ferny" bits. Hilarious!
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frostweed
Apr 10, 2016 3:12 PM CST

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That was a very interesting mystery, I am glad you solved it Charlotte Smiling
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