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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Five Eyes

Cooper and I avoid the early morning dusting carried on 30-40 mph winds. We defer our prairie romp until midday.  The shortgrass prairie flora is in flowering remission.  To my great surprise I come across a barely noticeable cache of subshrub.  The Trans-Pecos Five Eyes (chamaesaracha villosa, aka Woolly False Nightshade) is a perennial herb of the potato family native to the Southwest.  This hairy plant with distinctively crinkled leaves and tiny star to pentagon-shaped flowers grows low to the ground.

Woolly Smile

Fading Pentagons

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