If I asked you to describe Encelia farinosa anatomy, where would you start? [Waiting for a response...] Ah! Compound flowers you say? That's indeed a good starting point. So, what is a compound flower and what is the opposite of a compound [...]
Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is almost as ubiquitous as Creosote in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Their silvery leaves are instantly recognizable and, in the spring, fragrant golden yellow flowers emerge filling out the round, bushy plant. Encelia farinosa was an interesting flower design to [...]
Ah, Sweetbush (Bebbia juncea). I'm not sure how it got its name, but it is a very sweet smelling flower. It's bushy with lots of thin stalks and deep yellow-colored inflorescence at the tip. Apparently, a favorite food of chuckwallas!
An overview of Burro Bush (Ambrosia dumosa). A staple here in the desert and often times overlooked. When you rub the leaves of Burro Bush between your fingers, get ready for a wonderful, slightly pineapple-y scent surprise!
A classic shot of sand verbena (Abronia villosa) growing by the road. As its name suggests, it grows in sand! And the smell is AMAZING!!! When you come across a cluster of them, the flowers perfume the air.
We went to Coachella Valley Preserve looking for Loeseliastrum schottii and Desert Five Spot when we spotted this little guy: Erodium texanum. While the leaves have beautiful detail, it was the "inside" of the flower that caught our eye. A super sexy [...]
Low lighting conditions are always fun... and today was no exception! All clouds all the time made this little Loeseliastrum schottii as vivid as could be! Focus stacking does a pretty good job. However, I wonder if there's any way to fine tune [...]
Intriguing little patterns dancing all over my head. With dreams of Fagonia Laevis growing in a pot next to my bed. Trying to do a 2D pattern required some adjustment, and voila! A Fagonia pattern!
A botanical geometry, by a maniacal geoffrey. Fagonia laevis (California fagonbush) has this awesome branching method with two leaves on the outside, followed inwardly by two sub-stalks, and then a bud/inflorescence/infructescence. Some of the pictures I've taken show two anthers out of eight [...]
...If I were to find a new plant species, that's what I would name it! Of course, this little beauty (and I do mean little) already has a name: Nemacladus rubescens, more 'commonly' known as Desert Nemacladus or Desert Threadplant. The Nemacladus [...]
We think Nicotiana Obtusifolia, and Encelia Farinosa... Hmm. Notice the clasped leaf structure. An early flower-er. Nicotiana obtusifolia M. Martens & Galeotti NATIVE Habit: Perennial herb 2--8 dm, glandular-hairy, base often +- woody. Leaf: 2--10 cm; lower short-petioled, (ob)ovate; upper +- narrowly [...]