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Pink Evening Primrose – Oenothera speciosa

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Pink Evening Primrose - Oenothera speciosa

Pink Evening Primrose – Oenothera speciosa


This shot was taken at Champion Park in southern Williamson County, along the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. In the morning we had attended a plant taxonomy class in which we learned that the distinguishing feature for the family that Oenothera speciosa is the “X marks the spot” of the pistils, shown fairly clearly here. Excellent learning, when the theoretical is followed immediately by practical application.

Oenothera speciosa – Pink Evening Primrose

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Oenothera speciosa - Pink Evening Primrose

Oenothera speciosa - Pink Evening Primrose

According to the WFC’s NPIN, this flower tends to open in the morning in the southern parts of its range, which stretches throughout the central plains of the US.  So we must officially be in the southern part of the range, here in central Texas. A spreading perennial that tolerates partial shade and drought, it’s another possibility for adding to my wildscape this year. More information can be found at http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=OESP2 .

 

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