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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Leavenworth's Eryngo 2009

Leavenworth's Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii)

       The beautiful, exotic, bristling and menacing looking Levenworth's Eryngo or Pineapple Thistle, a native plant found in south central United States and Wisconsin, is a member of the Parsley (Apiaceae) family.
       Not commonly seen on roadsides, Leavenworth's Eryngo growing in open areas, dry fields, and prairies is well adapted to hot/dry conditions. Blooming in late summer through the fall, the flowers and leaves, beginning as green, turn to a brilliant purple as they mature.
       Growing to three feet tall and taller with spiny leaves two inches long and 3/4 inches wide, the Leavenworth’s Eryngo has 1/4 small 5 petaled star shaped flowers and numerous purple stamens (when in full bloom).
       Butterflies, such as this Great Purple Hairstreak, are attracted to the brilliant, violet colored Leavenworth's Eryngo.
       This species was named after its discoverer Melines Conklin Leavenworth (1796-1862).

Photos taken at Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Veterans(Wilson) Lake near Sulphur, Oklahoma.

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