Rain Lilies on the Rolling Plains

Rain lilies (Cooperia drummondii) have been abundant in and around Abilene for the last week or so. They are always a welcome site to see. We’ve had some substantial rains recently and the lilies waste no time in sending up a stalk or stipe rapidly with the flower following quickly.

I am hoping to start posting regularly to my blog so stay tuned! These images were taken with a new Nikkor 60mm macro lens, handheld.


Alkali Sandmat or Chamaesyce astyla

Mounting a specimen of this rare species in the Hardin-Simmons herbarium. Only known from Pecos County Texas. The family is the Euphorbiaceae.


Oh, and thanks!

Thanks for all of your interest in bull nettle. It’s really amazing to know that interest is so widespread for this plant. 

Blogging once again!

I’m really ashamed that this blog has gone unattended by it’s owner (yes, me!) for so long. At this point I will not promise daily posts but do think that I will be making regular posts. I am a plant conservation biologist and have a new research grant to do some ground-level (literally) studies on a very rare plant that occurs in west Texas. So, I will be out and about this spring and will try to report (with images) about what plants are in flower. First, we need some rain as it’s been extremely dry this winter. West Texas has a decent chance for thunderstorms tomorrow evening so keep your fingers crossed.

Why all of the interest in bull nettle?

This blog gets about 10 to 15 hits per day from internet searches on “bull nettle” or something similar.  All of this makes me really curious.  If you have come here to read about bull nettle please leave a comment about why you are interested in this plant. Maybe I can use your comments to come up with a new interesting essay about this interesting plant.  Thanks.

Oh, here’s the link to the earlier piece about bull nettle.

Rosita in bloom at Abilene State Park

Okay, here’s a preview of some of the upcoming images I just promised. Here’s one of my favorite (there will be more!) wildflowers from Abilene State Park (Texas) this spring.  This is Centaurium calycosum (family = Gentianaceae) commonly caused Rosita or Buckley’s Centaury. This plant is supposedly toxic to livestock.

Does this species remind anyone of a flower that looks very similar and is easily confused with Rosita?

Still working on the flora of the Rolling Plains!

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I apologize for not doing anything with my blog over the past year. I really have not abandoned it. I’ve just been busy. This spring I have been spending much of my “free” time out at Abilene State Park working on a project to collect, identify, and document the species of plants found in the park. What I will do soon is to post pictures of some of the interesting plant species I have found. I promise!